The Ace of… Butterfly, Moth and Caterpillar

A story begins when a door opens,

or closes,

and yet,

it is always ajar.

A jar,

leaking jam in and out,

back and forth,






Which butterflies rather like.


Butterfly Ace card


“Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable.”

― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception


What a preposterous Lepidopterist!

hissed the wings of the butterfly,

as it fluttered by,

my doors of perception.


Moth Ace card


“I found myself all at once on the brink of panic. This, I suddenly felt, was going too far. Too far, even though the going was into intenser beauty, deeper significance.

Anything rather than the burning brightness of unmitigated Reality—anything!”

― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception


The moth was a note,

of warning,

– Mothra in the pantry –

it had wandered in,

as moths do,

scared a human,

as moths do,

flapping about head,

as moths do,

then hidden,

as moths do,

to create even greater fear.


Caterpillar Ace card


“So in a certain sense disintegration may have its advantages. But of course it’s dangerous, horribly dangerous. Suppose you couldn’t get back, out of the chaos.”

― Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception


The caterpillar moved with speed,

hurry, hurry,

no time to worry,

to concoct a reason,

to stay as is,

rushing, rushing,

heading to a final destination,

the end of its world was nigh,

harry, harry,

don’t tarry,

the grand palaver,

of metapmorphing awaits.


Stories for L is for Lepidopterology



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