Jewels with Wings
by Bhikkhu Khantipalo

Like winged Jewels,
Glowing colors indescribable,
And wearing wings afire
With stripes and spots
And patterns unimaginable.
Richly dressed are you
O Butterfly, now lighting on my toes!
So delicately you fan yourself,
As though you were
From out of Amitabha's wondrous Realm.
They say that there
The birds do preach in song
Existences' Three Marks.
And do you not now preach
To me -- Impermanence?