Butterfly on Joe Pye

Joe Pye


Butterfly on Joe Pye

(An Octelle Poem)

Pretty mops for healer Joe Pye
Power from food of butterfly
Nectar is sweet on the vine
For fevers it’s very fine
Find them near pond any day
Pink tops you spot far away
Pretty mops for healer Joe Pye
Power from food of butterfly



Author Notes A Monarch butterfly on Joe Pye Weed. Joe Pye Weed is actually an amazing wildflower that is an herb, a butterfly plant, and an ornamental bush. It is usually found in the wild near wetlands and ponds. It grows its a thick cluster that provided excellent cover for birds, butterfly, insects, and small mammals. Its scientific name is Eupatorium purpureum, which is a member of the Aster family. Distinguishable as la large plant with purple or pink mops of tiny tuberous flowers, it is easily spotted. It is also called, Queen of the Field. It is named after a legendary healer named Joe Pye or Jopi, a New England Indian who helped cure early colonists of fevers and Typhus using this herb. Native Americans may also have used it for Kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

This poem is an Octelle. The octelle has eight lines. It uses personification and symbolism in a telling manner.
-The syllable count is 8, 8, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8 

-The rhyme scheme is aa – bb – cc – aa. 

-The first two lines and the last two lines are identical. 

This photograph was taken by the author along the Mississippi River on August 3,2013.

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