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Orange Tip (Poem by Janet Vernon)

ORANGE-TIP

From sweetly scented honesty

and pungent garlic mustard,


to fragile-looking cuckoo flower, 

white petals lilac-dusted.

Vivid orange and startling white,

green marbled under-wings,

such energetic dancing flight 

this pristine beauty brings


to woodland rides in dappled shade 

and flowery roadside verges,


in amongst the plants from which

its larval form emerges.

By Janet Vernon