‘Butterfly Account’

How can I do a butterfly count?

When I cannot even correctly count the correct amount?

For all they do is flutter about;

I think I’ve seen that one before,

but it could very well be a different one;

in my mind, there is a doubt;

but, there, there is one that I’ve definitely already seen,

I think, therefore I mean…

… a small tortoiseshell,

upon a leaf, green –

although, it looks the same

as this other similar butterfly,

(it butterflies belief!)

if only they had a name

badge, I could tell which was which;

It would be a relief

if I knew

who was whom,

and whom was who,

and whether I’d already counted them once or twice

(and maybe thrice),

as about the hedges they continue to zoom.

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