Butterfly in English, Dari, French, Spanish, and Urdu

Dusty lines on its wings
Red, orange, red-orange, yellow-orange
Red like the roses of Afghanistan
Yellow like the sun

Twisting and turning
dipping down and up
wings opening and closing
opening and closing
resting on a flower

Silent, soft and fragile
Some are pure white
Are they always silent?
Silent in the wind?

The joy of seeing a butterfly makes me smile
because they are free to fly everywhere
to flowers and treetops
from one country to another… without a visa

If you were a butterfly, who would you be?
A Monarch with sturdy black and orange wings
or its friend, the Yellow Swallowtail?
I would be a Monarch and come to visit you.

By Shahida, age 13