The Butterflies of Muzo Valley (The “I’m blue” song, but as a poem)

The piece I am presenting for Mistral, The Butterflies of Muzo Valley, has a very confusing but beautiful poetic voice. The poem certainly has a theme of blue, blue butterflies and thistles, the blue valley, blue clothes ect. This gives the sense of the lines of reality blurring as one enters Muzo Valley. This plays into the idea that Abram uses, that nature is beyond our understanding. These butterflies being a conduit into the supernatural world. Their ability to cast the entire world as blue, and bring different people together, show us the beauty of their magic. The nature in this poem is not just a backdrop; the characters are affected by its blue beauty, shaping their views of the world around it.

Altogether, despite the interesting writing of the poem; This poem brought many sad emotions to me, because of the memories of my grandfather. In life, he loved to see butterflies. He was apart of many organizations for watching butterflies, and he would go on trips to visit nature and meet them. Reading this reminded me of all the beauty he found in them, and I feel I could catch a glimpse of the world of his.

Everything is blue.




Ivy Sanders says:

To supplement your poem, I would like to take this moment to quote the musical geniuses that are songwriters for Eiffel 65: “I’m blue, dabadeedabadie. Dabadeedabadie, dabadeedabadie.”

In all seriousness, I’m glad that you were able to connect with your grandpa on butterflies through this reading, even if it was a depressing experience, because sometimes we need to take a breather and refresher by trying to see life through the eyes of others. I feel like Mistral does very well with emotionally endowing her words because I also felt sentimental whilst reading my poem as well.

Abigail Lasky says:

Braden, I find it amazing that you were able to use this poem to connect to your grandpa. Mine helped me connect a little bit more with my dad. I love how you compare the poem to “I’m Blue”. What a great song and I’m happy you had a connection with the poem<3

Ashanti says:

I know that this may seem strange, but what you have described about the poem reminds me of the Cinderella movie staring Kate Blanchet . When the fairy God mother came to change her life for the better, Cinderella began this transformation into a new blue dress. Turns out, butterflies do the same thing! They give us a new and better transformation into nature.

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