Star­tled by a But­ter­fly

The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section - Kather­ine Mansfield

The more you love, the more you'll find

That life is good and friends are kind ...

For only What We Give Away En riches In the Us mid­dle from of Day our to por­ridge Day plates He­len There Steiner was a blue but­ter­fly painted

And each morn­ing we tried who should reach the but­ter­fly first.

Then the Grand­mother said: “Do not eat the poor but­ter­fly.”

That made us laugh.

Al­ways she said it and al­ways it started us laugh­ing. It seemed such a sweet lit­tle joke.

I was cer­tain that one fine morn­ing

The but­ter­fly would fly out of our plates, Laugh­ing the tee­ni­est laugh in the world,

And perch on the Grand­mother’s lap.

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