Today’s beauty comes in the form of gentleness. I glanced out the window this morning and noticed my daughter. She had been loading the car to return to school. Now she was sitting on the back porch with her hand out. Perched on her finger was a black swallowtail butterfly. Then suddenly a humming bird appeared. It to a sip from the feeder and flew over and stared at my daughter. Then it went back to eating. Again it flew beside her and looked her over, and back to the feeder. After a sip, she flew and hovered inches above my daughter’s head. It flew around her and took one last sip at the feeder before zooming off. Then I watched as my daughter gently set the butterfly on a coleus plant.

butterfly wings
 sail through in the air
feet touch down gently
upon a child’s finger 
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