Lepidopteric* Encounters

thick tropical vegetation jungle


We step through the second door, entering the arbortorium, and feel saturated by semi-tropical heat and humidity! Large palms and other representative flora grow out of the center. The palm branches shelter the pathways.

All around are the butterflies.

A large one with brown, splotchy wings lands on Frankie’s head. He’s seated on one of the butterfly-shaped seats stationed throughout the arbortorium. He sits still while his mother and I take four photos between us.

Then the butterfly takes flight.

Spring sunlight
an aroma of daffodils
outside World of Wings

*of or related to Lepidoptera, an order of insects that includes moths and butterflies.


Photo by Chris Abney on Unsplash

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Frank J. Tassone

Frank J. Tassone lives in New York City's "back yard" with his wife and son. He fell in love with writing after he wrote his first short story at age 12 and his first poem in high school. He began writing haiku and haibun seriously in the 2000s. His haikai poetry has appeared in Failed Haiku, Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online, Contemporary Haibun, The Haiku Foundation and Haiku Society of America member anthologies. He is a contributing poet for the online literary journal Image Curve, and a performance poet with Rockland Poets. When he's not writing, Frank works as a special education high school teacher in the Bronx. When he's not working or writing, he enjoys time with his family, meditation, hiking, practicing tai chi and geeking out to Star Wars, Marvel Cinema and any other Sci-Fi/Fantasy film and TV worth seeing.

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