Where Butterflies Sleep

Sep 9, 2014

640px-Polyommatus_Eros_common_meadow_blue_LycaenidaePoems by Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral


Where Butterflies Sleep

This night of all nights I wish to sleep where the butterflies sleep
I need to rest with them…
So I, too, may awake joyous with a boisterous fluttering of my wings
And chase the summer morning light
Through the lacy green shawl of the passionflower leaves
And the intricate vines of the regal morning glory.


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Even Butterflies Get the Blues by Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral




Summer Colors

The summer days paddle by in sunn tanned humid hands,
Butterfly shadows, night jasmine songs and soft flower hues.
The fan blades lift the minutes and hours into
Autumn’s cool, colorful arms.
I think in orange
I wait in red with indigo edges
I hope in yellow
And I remember in green.

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By Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral



The Dame Autumn

Let us all welcome the Grand Dame Autumn, dressed in the bright wildly exciting colors of the season for the spectacular annual Fall Ball. In the pathways, her fallen dying leaves of summer lay still and await their time to be scooped up and held in the frigid mouth of the great fall winds…swirled in circles, tumbled, rolled, lifted up and around before being left to drift in this farewell dance of mystic directions and strange detached movements of color, shape and textures.


Garden Knowledge by Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral

Garden Knowledge by Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral


Copyright © 2013 Music at the Easel: Prose Poetry Paintings by Marilyn LaGrone-Amaral. A paperback and Kindle version are available through Amazon.


I was raised in the perfect alchemy of the magical lore of the south in the Mississippi delta that spoke to me in ancient whispers on soft summer nights….and the very concretive realities of New York City that kept the edges of my instincts sharp….One of my greatest influences was my father.

My father was an exceptional artist and painter as well as a great spirit he was also one of the Tuskegee Airmen. I have inherited much from him. My mother was an educator and a pianist. I grew up embraced in and encouraged by the creative forces of my family that allowed me to explore, stretch and discover my creative “selves.” During my childhood and in my high school years, my father and I would share his studio, which was in our house in Brooklyn, N.Y. He carefully instilled into my young hands and my wild unblinking inner eye to really “look” and “see,” digest, and then execute with feeling and mood and to always rely on blood memory.

I won several scholarships at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn N.Y. in the gifted youth program. I attended Washington Irving high School and Performing Arts High Schools both in N.Y.C. I studied modern Dance and received a scholarship at the Martha Graham school…and was torn for years between the two art forms; until I learned how to let them complement and enrich each other in my work with movement, shape and balance. I graduated in the top quarter of my class with an Academic Art Degree from Washington Irving. I attended Ohio State University where I was an Art major and Dance minor, however I also attended the Juillard School of Music for modern Dance.

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Photo, top right: “Polyommatus Eros common meadow blue Lycaenidae” by Charlesjsharp – Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

8 Responses for “Where Butterflies Sleep”

  1. val says:

    These are beautiful poems that paint a picture with words.

  2. Angela says:

    From the heart of a friend,
    Bravo Marilyn
    Beautiful work!

  3. Lin Pinkney says:

    Marilyn Amaral LaGrone creates beauty with her prose, painting and in the way that she honors God’s creatures with her loving ways. One of the ways to brighten my days is to sit down and browse through her amazing book “Music at the Easel” or gave at her paintings and her amazing spirit dolls. Like a butterfly, she bursts out of her cocoon and delights us with a view of her marvelous designs and colors. I am delighted every time she receives the recognition that she so richly deserves.

  4. Sweet poetry, awesome art! the coming together – nice; what a rich heritage you have, here’s to celebrations of life!

  5. Kay Marie says:

    What a beautiful collage of color and text and spirit on this page. And what an amazing body of work on this artist’s sites. I just ordered three LaGrone-Amaral books for presents (have never seen a poetry/art/storybook like this before) so am sending a big thank you to the artist and Hometown Pasadena for help with my Christmas shopping list!

  6. I want to thank all of you who took the time to write a comment..It means a lot to me!

  7. Thank you Kay Marie for supporting my work !

  8. Rodney Allen Hooks says:

    I continually stand in awe of your work! You do so many different things. No matter the medium, I always find something comforting, human, spiritual in your work. Thank you Marilyn you are truly one of God’s great gifts!



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