The Spark

The world as I see it. Nature-Humanity-Urbanity.

Vladimir Nabokov: "On Discovering a Butterfly"


I found it in a legendary land
all rocks and lavender and tufted grass,
where it was settled on some sodden sand
hard by the torrent of a mountain pass.

The features it combines mark it as new
to science shape and shade — the special tinge,
akin to moonlight, tempering…