A Pause and a Poem #poetry #break #poem

I’ve reached a point where I’m taking a bit of a blogging break. I could just stop but I’m guessing some kind soul will ponder ‘where’s he gone?’, hence the explanation. I’ll still read blogs and probably comment. I may well post if the muse takes me, I will probably be tempted by the odd challenge and prompt, but, having just published book four I want to spend the summer, holidays and all, writing and editing some other things. You’ll miss me; I’ll miss you but there will be more. Really that is the plan. And because I’m not putting a time on it, it may not seem like I’ve been away.

I’ll leave you with one of Dad’s poems. This one on why moths fly at night and butterflies by day.

A Dark Decision (or Not to be Taken Light-ly)


When Moths and Butterflies came on the scene

The world was still very young,

There was no pollution, it was all very clean,

And the Spring had only just sprung.


There hadn’t been time for all the flowers

To blossom and bloom in the sun,

But the Moths and Butterflies spent hours and hours

Trying to visit each one.


They fluttered and flittered throughout the day

Every one of them, both large and small,

And soon they were getting in each other’s way.

Said a Moth, ‘This won’t do at all!’


‘We really must try to sort something out’

‘Or they’ll be the most horrible fight’

‘The answer is clear – and I have no doubt’

‘That someone must just fly at night!’


Fly at night! Fly at night! What a ghastly idea!

Every antenna shook with alarm,

While thousands of wings quivered wildly with fear,

Said the Moth, ‘Steady on there – stay calm!’


‘It only means we’ll fly in the dark,’

‘And for we insects that’s no big deal’

‘We can still find the flowers, quietly fly down and park’

‘Then enjoy a leisurely meal.’


But the others still argued, and shouted out loud,

In fact, there was nearly a riot,

When a wise old Butterfly flew out from the crowd

Raised a wing, and bellowed for quiet.


‘It’s the only solution,’ the Butterfly said,

‘And we’ve got no choice but to try it’

‘Because if we don’t we’ll starve – we’ll be dead!’

‘You’re right,’ said the crowd, ‘So we’ll buy it.’


And that’s what they did, and so from that day

All Butterflies have been Diurnal,

But it’s a sad fact, and I’m sorry to say

That not every Moth is Nocturnal.


For there were some Moths who refused to agree,

Who insisted, ‘We won’t change! No way!’

Which is why nowadays we frequently see

Several species still flying by day!

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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35 Responses to A Pause and a Poem #poetry #break #poem

  1. Anabel Marsh says:

    Haste ye back! But enjoy your break, hope it’s productive.

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  2. Ritu says:

    Well, be it a day, a week or a month..you will be missed Geoffles! But don’t stop visiting!!!! Got my pre ordered copy of Salisbury Square today too!!

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  3. Sue Vincent says:

    Have fun… and take pictures 🙂 I love the idea of the division of time in your Dad’s poem.

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  4. Mary Smith says:

    Love your dad’s poem. I hope your break will be both enjoyable and productive. Look forward to seeing you back again.

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  5. Ali Isaac says:

    Yep… needs to be done every now and again! Enjoy your break, Geoff. Xxx

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  6. Al Lane says:

    Have a productive break, Geoff! Look forward to whatever’s coming next from you 🙂

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  7. Brilliant poem! Your Dad and mine would have got on tremendously. Enjoy your break.

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  8. Have a lovely break Geoff. Enjoyed your dad’s poem. 🙂

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  9. Helen Jones says:

    Hope you have a good break – I’ll miss seeing where you and Dog go for your wanders, as well as your fiendish flash fiction. So I’ll look forward to your return, and hope to see you around the blogging traps 🙂

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  10. It’s easy to see where you get your writing from. You have been so prolific that you are entitled to a break. Enjoy it.

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  11. willowdot21 says:

    Have a good summer break Geoff. Be well and happy and thanks for the lovely parting explanation of Moths and butterflies by Mr Lepard Senior!

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  12. Have a great break Geoff … we will keep your seat warm and love your Dad’s poem.. xxx

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  13. Ah! I’m coming back on-line and you are exiting for a break….. our own version I wonder, of your dad’s wonderful poem? Enjoy the rest of your summer Geoff and may all your pursuits be happy ones ❤

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  14. jan says:

    We all need to take a break sometimes. Thanks for leaving us with such a charming poem!

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  15. Lovely poem, as always, from your dad. Have a nice break. See you back in the blogosphere soon(ish). I’ve been on a sort of “break”, too, posting when the spirit moves me. 🙂

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  16. Enjoy the blogging break, Geoff. I can highly recommend it. 👍

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  17. Mick Canning says:

    Oh those bad moths. have a good break, Geoff. Look forward to having you back again.

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  18. trifflepudling says:

    Enjoy the change of literary angle and focus! Have just received the short stories paperback so that can fill in blog gap for a while🙂

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  19. Charli Mills says:

    I always enjoy your Dad’s poems and how you work them into the context of what you are writing like an ongoing father and son project.

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  20. You’re an inspiration, Geoff. Might need a break soon myself. Or to put it in legal terms, the internet might need a break from me. Have fun catching butterflies.

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