A Monarch settled in a rusted
basketball hoop in a back yard
that had seen better days in a
net that had witnessed slam dunk
after slam dunk by caterwauling
whoops of youthful players on fire.
Just adolescents in heat who were
now lusting after teenage girls.
The butterfly invited a ladybug and
hummingbird to be permanent guests.
They got along so well as only friends can,
until a wandering Abyssinian cat leapt,
and in one fell swoop swallowed the bird,
causing the butterfly to flee with a ladybug
between her wings.