Fun Photo Challenge

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Okay, this is a Long Tailed Skipper feeding at my Lantana plant during the summer…or is it?

Look closer at the back of the Skipper. It helps to click on the picture to see it larger. Study it with your eyes:~)

Photo Challenge

What do you see and describe it?

Quickie Challenges

Do you prefer butterflies or moths and why?

Which is the Long Tailed Skipper – a butterfly or a moth?

Children of the Holocaust

A Step into Hell

The dawn breaks with the first light.
People begin to huddle in fright,
Their bodies, frail and thin;
To be Jews, that was their sin.
In the hundreds of thousands, they would die,
While the world watched with a sadistic sigh.

The gas would freely flow.
It would surround them, until they’d know
That death was finally here.
And it came with a horrible fear.
No rescue or help was to be had
No one was spared, even the smoke was sad.

For those left, there was an oppressing silence.
Darkness was thick with the smell of violence,
Another terrible dawn will break as they patiently wait,
The next poor souls in line to discover their fate.
Somewhere in this evil of man, deep as the endless well
Humanity let our souls take step after step into hell.

The Butterfly Effect

I wrote this poem in 1967. If I remember correctly, I had just finished reading “The Diary of Anne Frank.” I’m not Jewish, but I could see myself in her; I also had dark hair and brown eyes and felt many of the same things she had shared in her diary, except for the fear that forced her to hide in an attic.

This book encouraged me to learn about the Holocaust and the unspeakable horrors endured by over 5,830,000 Jews. Among those who died, 1,500,000 were children. Many didn’t even get to live to the age I was when I wrote this poem.

My Butterfly

You might note the above picture of a butterfly I made. I’m not an arts and crafts person, but I worked really hard to make this butterfly; it’s going to become part of an exhibit to remember the children who died in the Holocaust.

I learned about this exhibit on a recent visit to Carrie’s site, Grow Your Own. She talked about The Butterfly Effect, a group project undertaken by Trudi Sissons of Two Dresses Studio, to collect handmade butterflies.

These butterflies will be sent as a group to The Butterfly Project, hosted by The Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas, USA. The Butterfly Project was organized to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the Holocaust, by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies. In the Spring of 2013, these butterflies will become an exhibit in the memory of this event and the children who died.

Make a butterfly

I encourage everyone to consider taking part in this group project. Trudi is collecting the butterflies and will provide a link back to the people who send one to her.

Please click on the widget in the right sidebar of my site, or visit the Butterfly Effect information page at Two Dresses Studio for more information about making a butterfly for this project and where to send your butterfly. BTW Keep scrolling down beyond the image for Trudi’s information.

When I made my butterfly, I wanted it to be special. I wanted it to carry my regrets for this tragedy on its wings. I wanted it to remind people that we must always be vigilant and not let the sparks of prejudice become the raging fire of hate.

Will you join me?

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What about you?

  • Did you read “The Diary of Anne Frank” and if so, what was your reaction?
  • What do you think we need to do to prevent genocides or holocausts from occurring in the world?
  • On a less serious note, what’s your favorite butterfly and why?

P.S.

Remember you still can do the Special Challenge at my last Story Post, The Fallen Man. You have until Friday. I dare you to do it:~)