For years I have waited,

watched, and prepared

the garden beds for visitors.


Carefully, I have examined each leaf

for signs they inhabit my garden filled

with milkweed for them.


Common milkweed was the first,

taking years to be established.

Then swamp milkweed, followed by

rose milkweed planted by students.


Each germinating, growing,

flowering, and podding – a live advertisement

for those looking to inhabit my yard and fill it with

color and grace.


I wait each spring for the inhabitants,

Monarch Butterflies, to arrive and live in

the habitat I have provided for them.


Spring has turned to summer now, before they

arrive, causing me pause as my concern over

this species mounts.


Inhabit. Inhabit our fields, our yards, our roadways.

Help pollinate our food. Add beauty to the landscape.

Migrate thousands of miles, visiting those who also invite

this iconic creature with milkweed in their yards from

Canada to the United States to Mexico.

Inhabit. I hope Monarchs can continue to.


Inspired via Daily Prompt: Inhabit

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