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Topic: TRAVELER (01/28/16)
TITLE: Did Someone Say South?
By Francy Judge
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Do monarchs ever question,
“Who said to go to Mexico;
Could this be the wrong direction?”
A few will choose to stay at home,
But do they count the cost?
Instead of basking in the sun,
They’ll be shaking in the frost.
The butterflies will flutter by
Terrain a hundred miles;
Do they expect an easy trip
Or face two months of trials?
Do they listen to the weather,
Wait to hear the news report,
Before they catch a gentle breeze
Blowing toward their best resort?
Do the monarchs have a leader,
These masters of migration,
Who leave a map or plan in place
For younger generations?
Who could understand their instinct
Heading south some unknown hour;
Direct flight with some nectar breaks
To land on sweet sunflowers?
As they flutter over meadows
To reach their destination,
Do they perceive the beauty
Of their annual vacation?
Before the snow begins to fall,
The monarchs warm their wings,
Thankful for the southern sun
And guidance of a caring King.
If God could lead these tiny wings
Across such a great expanse,
Couldn’t He direct our paths
If we let Him have the chance?
The monarch butterflies are another example of our God’s amazing creation. Every year, multiple generations of monarchs migrate to the southwest. Around September or October, the monarchs living in the northeastern United States begin their trip, flying up to a hundred miles at a time before resting and drinking nectar. They can only fly if their wings are warm enough. After traveling over two thousand five hundred miles, they land on the same trees of the former generation.
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