fading glory

“Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be…”

William Wordsworth

(a fading female tiger swallowtail / Julie Cook / 2016)

Usually at best….they live for only two weeks…
some less,
a few a bit longer.

Short and sweet.

At times, they are mysterious and ethereal…
beings appearing to be other than…
too elusive,
too delicate,
too sweet for this harsh world.

Yet it is because of their existence that we may be reminded of that
which is other than ourselves…

We are reminded that despite ourselves,
there remains…
and even




Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!
Who is the King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.

Psalm 24:7-8

9 comments on “fading glory

  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    I remember the movie, “Splendor in the Grass” and that quote took on a whole new meaning to me in my adolescent years. Beautiful photos, Yoda!

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  3. Lynda says:

    Very lovely!

    • thank you Lynda—I was sad to see the fading butterfly and had no idea that their lifespans were so short—my butterfly bushes are loaded with the swallowtails, so seeing one fading away seems to be so indicative of this time of year here in the South—everything is so hot, so dry…fading in color and vibrancy—slowly giving way to a long anticipated autumn…
      hugs to Canada

      • Lynda says:

        Living further south and in a less populated area, you have the opportunity to witness a different facet of nature from what we have here. I rarely see butterflies but that may be due to living in an urban area. The photos are marvellous. Blessings to you!

  4. Ahhhh, two of my favorites–Wordsworth and swallowtail butterflies. Lovely post my lovely friend. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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