30 Days Wild -- day 17

30 Days Wild -- day 17

This post is inspired by my fellow blogger Aquinas Wired, and his poetic comment to a previous post. You can read it here.

The garden is full of white butterflies. They are called common cabbage butterflies,   but they also seem to like the ornamental grasses.  The butterflies are like white flowers fluttering in the sun. They  remind me of a poem--Jade White Butterfly-- by Walasse Ting,  a visual artist and poet, and his book One Cent Life.

This is a limited edition art book, featuring poems by  Walasse Ting,  and illustrated by many of his artist friends, including  Sam Francis and Andy Warhol. The whole poem is rather long, but you can read it in its entirety, with the illustration by Andy Warhol,  here.

This is the last part--


butterfly live only one day

why not live ten thousand years

i not cry

i laugh

blowing dust away

blowing whole world mournful away

one life too short

one day too long

Walasse Ting



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  • "They are called common cabbage butterflies"

    Sure it isn't because they look similar to something you can buy on the produce counter at H Mart?

  • In reply to jack:

    Greetings, Jack! I used to call them white cabbage moths, but no, they are butterflies. Thanks for reading!

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