07-31 Butterfly

Damaged by

Living life;

Carried by

Tattered, imperfect wings.




Moving on;

Nature nurtures the spirits of

The battered and broken.


I took this butterfly photo in Shenandoah National Park (Virginia.)  I stalked butterflies during our entire trip, but as I zoomed in on this one, I noticed that the wings looked torn.  This butterfly rested longer than others I’d seen.  The others would tease me.  They would linger just long enough to catch my eye…then flutter away, often before I had a chance to focus.  Even with its obvious imperfection, I marveled at its beauty.

We observed from a distance, then let it be; reluctant to interrupt nature’s course.


29 thoughts on “Broken

  1. newwhitebear July 31, 2013 / 6:38 AM

    It ‘s a beautiful picture of a butterfly

    • jannatwrites August 1, 2013 / 5:04 PM

      Thanks, Newwhitebear. I liked the colors!

  2. Debbie July 31, 2013 / 8:39 AM

    This poor butterfly kind of depicts how we all get from time to time — battered by life, but intent on carrying on. Good job, Janna!

    • jannatwrites August 1, 2013 / 5:04 PM

      You summed it up well, Debbie! Maybe that’s why I was so intrigued by it.

  3. Catherine Johnson July 31, 2013 / 9:30 AM


    • jannatwrites August 1, 2013 / 5:05 PM

      Thanks, Catherine! I’m glad you stopped by.

    • jannatwrites August 1, 2013 / 5:06 PM

      Thank you, Vishal! I’m glad you stopped by.

  4. diannegray July 31, 2013 / 1:09 PM

    What a beautiful (yet broken) butterfly and a great poem 😀

    • jannatwrites August 1, 2013 / 5:06 PM

      Thanks, Dianne. I’m glad you enjoyed the photo and poem!

  5. pattisj July 31, 2013 / 8:22 PM

    Nicely written, Janna. Great subject. Tattered wings don’t seem to keep them from the work they were sent to do.

    • jannatwrites August 1, 2013 / 5:07 PM

      I think of you when I see butterflies, Patti. Not too many around here but I’m looking at planting some things that butterflies like so maybe they’ll come visit me 🙂

  6. Sandra July 31, 2013 / 10:08 PM

    It makes me wonder how much pain a butterfly can feel from a broken wing like this. I’m sorry for the massive comment dump, but I’m catching up from a weekend away. There’s never enough hours in a day!

    • jannatwrites August 1, 2013 / 5:08 PM

      I hope it doesn’t feel pain, that would be sad. I love it when you stop by and comment, Sandra…it doesn’t matter if it’s throughout the week or in one day. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment 🙂

    • jannatwrites August 1, 2013 / 10:58 PM

      Thanks for reading, Polysyllabic Profundities 🙂

  7. Lance August 2, 2013 / 10:22 AM

    I like the metaphor and the imagery. You should get this published.

    • jannatwrites August 2, 2013 / 9:36 PM

      Thanks, Lance! I’m glad you liked this one 🙂

  8. Diane Turner August 2, 2013 / 8:03 PM

    “Carried by tattered and imperfect wings…” Each of us carries on despite our torn and shredded wings. Lovely images, and the depth of your words always grabs my belly. Thanks ever so for sharing.

  9. jannatwrites August 2, 2013 / 9:39 PM

    I appreciate you reading, Diane. Thank you for your kind comment – it’s always nice to know when my words affect someone 🙂

  10. Tayyeba August 3, 2013 / 12:48 AM

    Lovely. 🙂

      • Tayyeba August 3, 2013 / 9:54 AM

        You are welcome. ^^

  11. Imelda August 5, 2013 / 5:03 PM

    Inspiring poem, gorgeous photo. 🙂

  12. pattyabr August 5, 2013 / 5:35 PM

    what a beautiful pic. so sad his little wing is torn. I love butterflies.

    • jannatwrites August 5, 2013 / 7:40 PM

      I love butterflies too, Patty. I don’t like to find them injured.

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