My daughter Kristin gave me
a pretty butterfly necklace and earrings
for my birthday.
Her gift reminds me
that this is butterfly season...
Once I was a caterpillar, dwelling upon the earth,
crawling along day by day, adept at feigning mirth.
I only knew the earthy life; I thought that that was it;
I took what terra firma gave, the pleasures and the grit.
There was no beauty in me. No one ever looked here twice,
Few cared if I were evil; no one knew if I were nice.
I was only concerned with myself, what the earth could give,
yet, inside I was sensing a far better way to live.
Instinct led me to spin a thread and weave a neat cocoon;
I became a living mummy, wrapped tight within my tomb.
What was happening to me? I tried to kick and shout,
“Help me! Open up this thing! I want to get right out!”
No one heard and I was powerless, so I went to sleep,
not knowing what was ahead of me, feeling something deep.
I don’t know how much time went by within my tiny tomb,
but sensed that I was being changed, as one inside a womb.
Finally, instinct worked in me. There was a sudden urge
to break out of my chrysalis and from the dark emerge.
Somehow, I then received the strength to burst my being free;
Alas, the golden Light broke through and there was a new me!
I took some time to understand, some time to wonder why,
then I just shook myself a bit and I began to fly!
And `lo, I was so beautiful, and `lo, I saw the sun...
Oh, after living on the earth, soaring was great fun!
A wretched worm was I no more; I knew that fact was true,
I was reborn and I became a creation wholly new!
A butterfly! A butterfly! I received my wings,
glorious splendors of the Heavens, all the higher things.
All old things have passed away; they’ll never come again;
I’ve set my mind on things above, on these I will attend.
Now, even when I swoop to earth and walk upon the ground,
I’ll never be a worm again...I’m Butterfly...glory bound!
Praise God for metamorphosis, it’s by His loving grace
that I’m a new creation now, and I shall see His Face.
"Behold the Lamb...poetically!"
by Maude Carolan Pych
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