Jan 24

What is the span of a life?

I have talked about the Karner Blue Butterfly here before but I haven’t mentioned that one of the reasons they are so rare is because of their very short life span, between four and twenty-one days. That is all, three weeks on a good run and their beauty is gone.

What is the span of a man’s life? Psalm 90 verse 10 puts it this way “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.” 

And we fly away.

He is gone, at seventy years he flew away. He had all of the sparkle and beauty of a Karner Blue and the span of his days was as limited too.

If I Could Fly Away to Find Youkarnerbluebutterfly

If I could fly away to find you

I would latch upon a star

I know that’s where I’d find you

Because that is surely where you are

Clouds would be too mundane for you

You were made for something more stunning than fluff

You lit up my world by day and by night

You cast a glow upon me for all within sight

Your eyes so brilliant and blue

Lit up my world adding sparkle to every hue

Without you any sparkle I had is long gone

Without you the nights are too cold and too long

My world is silent without you by my side

The sound of music tears me apart

Each song of lovers walking side by side

Brings pain to my broken heart

Time passes without you and I fail to understand

How the world keeps turning when I can no longer hold your hand

If only I could fly away and find you

I was latch upon a star

I know that’s where I’d find you

Because that is surely where you are




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    • Frank M. D'Ambrosio on January 24, 2015 at 11:21 pm
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    Beautiful. It clearly portrays both your love and your agony.
    For what it’s worth, I tend to disagree with Psalm 90:1=the world is NOT filled with trouble and pain. Yes, these things are part of life; but so is the beauty of that rare Karner Blue Butterfly. If I may suggest=while you mourn his loss, celebrate his life! Not many people get to have such an extraordinary spouse.
    Prayers and Blessings.

    • Vonnie Wignall on February 6, 2016 at 8:48 pm
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    What a beautiful poem!!

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