Niamh Clune

Environment, poetry, comment, children's books,

The Butterfly Effect Blog Tour Is Launched!

The Butterfly Effect, originates from the idea that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in South America could affect the weather in Texas. This means the tiniest influence on one part of a system can have a huge effect on another part.

I invited the members of Plum Tree Books to participate in this creative project. I was interested in how many different interpretations could be expressed in relation to this theme.

Photographers, poets, writers and artists submitted various contributions. We did not censor individual expression, as based on our group discussion, we decided it is the duty of art to shock as well as inspire. We hope you will enjoy the whole collection and accompanying music by Claudio Fiore, which can be viewed and enjoyed here

Art by Marta Pelrine-Bacon

Am I your friend?

I ask of you


all you do


You flutter-by

alighting  flower

on whispered breeze,

to scented bower



Photo by Dany Fischer


on gentle wing

unseen by most

you feed the world

support our host


extracting pollen

shared with you

in drops of silver flower dew


To pass along

and fertilize

give life to other flutter-bys


such as I am

though here sit I

bunny loving butterfly


(c) Niamh Clune

Today’s Featured Blog! June16th

Blog Calendar…

June 9th C.c.Cole

June 10th Townes Jnr.

June 11th Niamh Clune

June 12th Marta Pelrine-Bacon

June 13th Tonia Harris

June 14th De Ann “Native” Townes Jr.

June 15th Nicole Smith


June 18 Marla Todd (Juliette)

June 21 Susie Bertie

June 25th Beverley Ann Hoyle

June 27th Niamh Clune

June 29th Brianna Solkowski

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

5 comments on “The Butterfly Effect Blog Tour Is Launched!

  1. Patricia Tilton
    June 11, 2012

    So beautiful. I have such admiration for those who write verse so well. The photos are perfectly illustrate the poem.


    • ontheplumtree
      June 11, 2012

      Thank You, Patricia. This is a very simple poem such as was inspired by Marta Pelrine Bacon’s beautiful art work. There is something so child-like about the picture that I wanted to write something such as we might express to a child…and which would convey the butterfly effect message.


  2. Uncle Tree
    June 12, 2012

    That’s a cute little poem, Niamh! 🙂 And oh-so perfectly fitting.


    • ontheplumtree
      June 12, 2012

      Yes! It doesn’t always need to be Shakespearean or esoteric. I wrote this with my granddaughter in mind!


  3. Harri Romney
    June 12, 2012

    This project has turned out so well – well done to Niamh, and to all those who were so involved in making it so brilliant.


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