Monarch Butterflies: My First New Year’s Resolution

My First New Year’s Resolution 2016

Monarch Butterflies: My First New Year's Resolution

Photo by Jessica X. Garcia

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I went with my family and friends
to see the monarch butterflies
The few there were
fluttered in the sunlight
gaining the strength to fly
on newly sprouted wings
My great-grandchildren
looked at them in wonder
I remembered how once in December
forty years earlier
I saw in a wide sunny meadow in Big Sur
a large tree covered with yellow blossoms
beckoning to me
When I came close
all the flowers flew away
many many monarch butterflies
Now the monarch population endures
but gravely reduced
by logging pollution and climate change
But I want all the world’s great-grandchildren
one day to see a tree of yellow beauty
take off in flight
So “Bring back the Monarchs”
becomes my first new year’s resolution!







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About Nina Serrano

Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 84 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to or contact her publisher at For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.


Monarch Butterflies: My First New Year’s Resolution — 3 Comments

  1. I agree that the monarchs are very special and sadly endangered by growth. I enjoyed your very sweet poem.

  2. Thank you, Nina. Once again your kind heart and your keen eye combine to produce something beautiful.

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