l used to be a caterpillar small and insecure,
eating away at yummy green leaves so pure.
I did not feel so well and was not growing like l should…
Wondering how to make it better and if l possibly could?
Then one day a book fell in my hands,
that taught me which leaves were in bad lands.
l read and read some more,
like I’ve never read before.
Started eating the right leaves from then,
finally knowing what to eat and when.
I felt a whole lot better indeed,
and grew fatter and fatter with rapid speed.
Started having a real good time,
rolling along with a great big smile.
Then wore myself out after all,
got tired from eating, felt like curling into a ball.
I felt different and a little strange…
Were there some special leaves in the last range?
I spun a little hammock out of silk and laid myself down to rest.
It only seemed like moments when l woke back up in my little nest.
Who has washed it for me while l slept?
cos l am sure it was less tight, last time l checked…
I stretched out my stiff limbs, oh no, broke my comfy cocoon!
I don’t know if I was quite ready yet, to get up so soon?
Loving the safety of what I now knew,
but also a little curious as to how l just grew…
Into this beautiful creature l see in the reflection of the puddle below.
With an aura that just beams with this wonderful magical glow.
Topped off with some wings, how incredible!
just by eating the right foods that were eatable…
Instead of poisons like so many of my dear friends,
who perished long ago and came to sad and sorry ends.
I was the lucky one indeed,
finding the right kind of feed.
So l could be reborn into a different phase of life so free and light.
The day has never before looked so bright!
Oh the ecstasy of flying off with my special man,
and doing what only a butterfly can.
I wish to share what I learned with all the caterpillars yet to be born,
but sadly know I will not witness my offspring and if they have ever flown.
It is the task of my genes to pass that on for me,
and my task is to let them be.
Let them be free to find their own path at their own pace.
May they all grow into butterflies and live happily in their own space!
PS: Something a bit different to normal, but after all the lovely comments on my last poem, I could not resist posting this one too. I wrote it to enter into an on-line ‘Burning Man’ event display, which has a theme of growth and transformation.
The recent multitude of butterflies in nature, as well as my attention being drawn to them a lot lately in different situations, inspired me to put the two together. There is a lot of symbolism woven into this piece that is very close to my heart and I am pleased with how it turned out, GLAD my muse tapped me on my shoulder again yesterday!
What do you think?