Seen through pane, by Britta Benson

Picture credit: Britta Benson.

Here’s my response to Reena Saxena’s Poetry Challenge over at Word Craft Poetry ( This week, the theme is ekphrastic poetry and Reena has provided a drawing as inspiration.

You can see Reena’s beautiful piece by clicking on the link above.

Here’s the scene: This morning, as I read the blogs I follow, I came across Reena’s lovely picture of a butterfly. It instantly resonated with me, also, it felt weirdly familiar. Then, I looked to the side, towards my living room window sill, and there sat my butterfly mug – as seen in the photograph above.

I believe, the image is a nice reply to Reena’s prompt. Perhaps with a brevette? Something along the lines of


t r a p p e d


I wondered… will the flowers outside ever be confused about the handpainted butterfly on my mug? Will they wait for a visitor, when there is no chance in ever for this to happen? So, in a perfect chain of inspiration, Reena’s prompt led to me taking a picture of my mug and then I meandered a little. From brevette to etheree… Here we go:

Seen through pane

spot, wing
print of life.
Mug on window
sill. Handpainted, still.
Butterflies multiply
in odd, mysterious ways!
Late flowers wait on other sides,
anticipate colour, feast, touch. Why
won’t that perfect specimen flutter by?

25 thoughts on “Seen through pane, by Britta Benson

      1. Had to google Kintsugi. Golden joinery – sounds like a great idea! Don’t try and hide the break, make it visible, beautiful, turn it into a feature… I think we could all do with a little Kintsugi on our outer and inner wounds…

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    1. Thank you so much! It’s my favourite mug. I painted it four years ago and I’m actually very much so surprised that I haven’t broken it! Oh, I shouldn’t have said that, should I?


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