English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly.

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Her passing came as a shock to us all.  She had only been diagnosed three months before; a virulent cancer had taken her quickly.

She was known for her love of butterflies and could readily identify many that were found around her home.  Later, at her outdoor memorial, a large Monarch flitted over our heads.

Try a story in 55 words over at G-Man’s:

Previous Post
Leave a comment


  1. What a wonderful way to be remembered ~ lovely


  2. Very poignant Gayle. My friend’s mother loved dragonflies and at her wake one landed on my friends hand! Such a comfort! 🙂


  3. Hi Gayle…
    Nice to see you back at The Friday Funfest.
    What a lovely little story.
    Loved your 55
    Thanks for playing, we hope to see you back next Friday, and please have a Kick Ass Week-End


  4. Awww… this is a lovely 55 Gayle. What a lovely way to be remembered, butterflies symboliise so much.


  5. A fitting tribute to a lost butterfly lover.


  6. ah now that is a beautiful sign…sad at her passing though…and the cause as well…ugh…


  7. wow..;that is so beautifully written. You ROCK the 55! Mine is here
    Have you an AWESOME WEEKEND!


  8. Dear Gayle, I just read your categories that you write stories in 160 characters. I would like to invite you to join me forƧƲƝƊƛƳ ľ60 ƦЄƊƲҲ ? Hope to see you soon. hugs shakira


    • Yes, I used to join in with “Monkey Man”. Did you ‘inherit’ the leadership of the 160s from him? I always enjoyed those. Thanks for the invitation, Shakira and the link…I think I’ll join you.

      Gayle :~)


    • Paid a visit to your blog, Shakira…saw no 160s being linked…guess not much is going on over there…


  9. Butterflies have so many of those meanings that bring us to enjoy them. This was a prefect example of one of those meanings. So much said in very few words … love it.


    • Butterflies do seem to have special meaning to many people. In my case it has been used to come and sit on my big toe when I would lay out by the pool…this was many years ago… I loved that.

      Glad you liked this, Izzy. xoxo


  10. So beautiful – and comforting. One often hears of beings from the natural world appearing around a death. In the First Nations community, I heard of a pod of killer whales escorting a revered elder, who was being transported home by boat. They circled in the bay as he was carried off.


    • Yes, there are many stories like this. I love the story you shared Sherry…amazing…all of nature is connected… This thrills my spirit.


  11. Hi Gayle, its been a while since you posted on poets corner do you still intend to post on site, Harry.


    • Hi Harry…sorry I went MIA there for a while. My daughter had a baby and I’ve been preoccupied and out of town for a time too..did think of you this week and reminded myself to link some of my work. Will get on it pronto. Gayle ~


  12. No problem, daughter and baby are more important 🙂


  13. I got goosebumps. Spirits find ways to let us know that they are watching us. What a magnificent gesture…


  14. Yes they do. I’ve had many visits from my father…and one in particular when a CD was found in the middle of my office floor…definitely a sign from my music-loving Dad. I love hearing about these things.


  15. Oh this is lovely! I love signs such as this too. I truly believe 🙂


  16. It seems her spirit was with you on this day. Beautiful!


    • It surely was…I know it. Thanks, Renee.


      • Hi Gayle, I had an unexpected surprise. Mark Durfee visited my site and has asked I submit something to be considered for the next Nain Rouge. I have emailed him and we have chatted a bit. I think I will give it a go and see what happens. All I can do is try.


        • Wow, Renee…very cool…I’m very happy for you. He sees what I see (and all your other fans too) …you have talent and maybe more importantly, soul…and it comes through beautifully in your writings. I have complete faith in you, sister! Hugs…


          • Thanks Gayle! I actually didn’t even connect him to your site and couldn’t figure out who he was. LOL I am horrible with names and when he said he came from your site…well, I think I turned ten shade of red and I don’t blush easily. He read my comment to you and decided to visit. I am going to submit something from my site already written and I’m going to write something new and see what happens. Hugs…


          • Well, I don’t know how you could have been expected to know who he was, Renee…never having met him… I’m so glad he decided to visit you though and offer you an opportunity to submit something. He will not be disappointed!

            Hugs… xoxo


  17. This is a lovely share~ I would like to believe her spirit was there too ~ Great to see you in FF 55 ~ I try to write for G-man but lately I have been busy with other stuff ~


    • Thank you, Grace…I know for sure that her spirit was there…you could feel it. I seem to forget the days that certain prompts are being done…I’ve somehow gotten out of the loop. I need to get more organized so I don’t forget because I do like joining in… Thanks for coming by in spite of your busy days.


  18. I also think these signs should be acknowledged. Have seen it several times, when someone dies and the natural world lets people know that the person isn’t “gone” per se, just energy changing form. It’s really a marvel for those who pay attention. Of course there are always those who will shrug it off as coincidence…but then, those who don’t believe in any magic will never find it, eh? 😉 This was a wonderful (deep) “short”.


    • Yes, so many don’t pay attention and miss communications from their passed-on loved ones. My father has come through to me loud and clear many times. Thanks, Corina.

      By the way, I hope you are feeling better by now after the passing of your grandfather…be sure and let me know when you “hear” from him…


  19. margaretbednar

     /  September 19, 2012

    …and everyone was filled with hope. Sigh….


  20. I am sure the presence of that butterfly was a great consolation. Wouldn’t it be nice if when we die we could manifest as something of such beauty that we loved and cared for in life (and I am thinking other than human …)? Thanks for sharing.


    • Yes, it was exciting to see it. I think it would be very nice if we all could do that…it seems like some can… Thanks, Diane.



Please share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Words and Pictures from The Isle of Wight

writing in north norfolk

Writer of children's literature, short stories and poetry

Lady Nyo's Weblog

A woman writer's blog with invitations to other writers

Poetry Breakfast

Beginning March 20th, 2016 Poetry Breakfast will once again serve a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry related creative non-fiction such as letters to and from poets, essays on poetry, and anything else that might feed a poet and poetry lover’s soul.

Mithai Mumblezz

Thinks and again mumbles!!


Thinking, writing, thinking about writing...


"We're all out there, somewhere, waiting to happen."


Nature needs Nurture

Whimsygizmo's Blog

poetic ponderings...parenting...procrastination...

Tao of Scrumble

A freeform way of life, love and everything

Tournesol dans un Jardin - Waka

Haiku * Troiku * Micropoetry

Sharp Little Pencil

Amy Barlow Liberatore... stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz


A Silent poet shouting to be heard


Romance of Five Clouds and Magical Poetry

kanzen sakura

South meets East: Poetry and Musings - words of the seasons

Poems, stories, paintings and more by Sharmishtha Basu

(Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnijashatadalama, Indie Adda)

This, that and the other thing

Looking at life through writing and photography

jaywalking the moon

poetry by claudia schoenfeld

She's Writing

Poetry and Prose

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional.

everyday amazing

spreading good cheer, fun & love for life

Michael's Lair

Just Write site

Björn Rudbergs writings

Poetry and fiction by a physicist from the dark side

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.


Be inspired...Be creative...Be peace...Be

bardessdmdenton - author- artist

Historical and Literary Fiction / Essays / Poetry / Reviews /Book Cover and Interior Illustrations / Pet Portraits and Other Commissioned Artwork ... "Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death - fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant." ~ Edna Ferber, 1885-1968, American novelist, short story writer and playwright

Soul Dipper

Spirit Builder by Design

Contemplative Moorings

The official blog of unofficial author Michael Marsters.

Ramblings From A Mum

This is my journey, my thoughts, my views, plain and simple and from my heart. Please travel with me and share, hopefully it will be an interesting trip.


copyright 2013 - no reuse without permission ( see for fiction and fantasy )

"On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea"

All Is One With Our Creator


Take Control of Your Health

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging


poetic inspiration from life's simplicity


Mumblings of a Middle Aged Madwoman


if I go around more than once then ...

I Rhyme Without Reason

I live in words

Soul Speak

'You may say I'm a Dreamer, but I'm not the only one' ~ John Lennon

~ Dragon's Dreams ~

Carpe Noctem Quod Tempus Fugit!

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

A Sanctuary for Enlightenment and Peace through Poetry and Inspirational Thoughts as we go through Life


laughing at the malfunction of the universe is better than crying about it

Lorna's Voice

Finding ways to make words sparkle

Olivia's In- Mind Whirls..

"It's all in my mind"


Poets Pub

Leslie White

View artwork by Leslie White


The best time to when it is impossible///Stories of the heart-broken/shattered and sometimes mended

%d bloggers like this: