"Butterfly" is a very short form of poetry known as haiku (sounds like "hi-coo").
Haiku originated in the country of Japan.
Today, haiku is written in many different languages with most haiku poets living in English-speaking countries.
There are several styles of haiku.
The most common haiku style contains 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line.
Traditionally, haiku poetry was written about nature. But all that has changed. Haiku written today can be about anything!
Can you think of a haiku poem to write? Challenge yourself and your family to see who can come up with the best haiku poem!
You could also start a family collection of haiku poems and read then aloud once per year at your very own family "haiku" party.
After you make up your first haiku poem, you'll be thinking about your second poem, third poem...THEN you'll be off to the haiku races!
For those of us who live in a place where winter hath no butterflies, now is the time of year they really begin to show up!
Spend some time outside and you are sure to find one or several fluttering about. Butterflies love flowers! Gardens are one of the best places to catch a glimpse of these ballerinas of the air.
Butterflies have always reminded me of flying, floating flowers. Their wings are like whispers on the wind while they dance around a garden.
Take a moment or two and step into the world of a butterfly by visiting a garden or park that is ripe with flowers.
Notice how the butterflies dip and swoop so gracefully. Unlike birds who chirp and bees that buzz, butterflies are like silent visitors.
Many zoos and parks have special butterfly habitats you can visit as well. Check out your local community parks and services website to see what there is around you!
Enjoy these beautiful creatures and the silent joy they bring and have a great summer!
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