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Below is the poem entitled Butterflies which was written by poet Jon Arno. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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One by one we gather round
to say our last goodbyes…
The memories of so many days
bring teardrops to our eyes

This life we shared was far too short
the years went by so fast…
The troubles that you faced in life 
thank God, they’re gone at last

With grateful hearts we stand as one
to see you on your way…
We know you’re In a better place
and that you’re free today

Those clouds that came and blocked the sun
no longer in the sky…
Today you’re chasing butterflies
they’re teaching you to fly…

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  1. Date: 12/29/2013 12:22:00 AM
    wow, Jon, this is beautifully written. touching and amazing. I better sense of peaceful imagery. love Linda

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 5:01:00 PM
    well.. There's not much I would remark on such a tender piece as this. I will say that I was a bit misty eyed.. I don't know why. You have a true gift of expression Jon. Everything that I have read has enlightened me today. Thank you so much for sharing your talents here. I really enjoyed reading some of your poetry this evening. Take good care, and God bless you and those you love. Sincerely, Cindy

    Arno Avatar Jon Arno
    Date: 9/13/2013 9:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This piece was written at the request of a family whose mother was about to die. They wanted to have something to read at the funeral. The mother loved butterflies and had suffered with dementia for years. At the grave the people there all released butterflies and read the poem Thank you for your kind remarks
  1. Date: 7/28/2013 9:38:00 AM
    This is a touching, and tender poem that takes the dark away from dying. Lovely words !

    Arno Avatar Jon Arno
    Date: 7/28/2013 11:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Carrie, I appreciate what you said. You captured the intent of the poem so well. Best regards, Jon
  1. Date: 7/28/2013 8:05:00 AM
    this is very nice, Jon. great way to do the theme of death. Long time no see!!

    Arno Avatar Jon Arno
    Date: 7/28/2013 11:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Andrea, the family had reached out to me to write about their mother. They told me she loved butterflies and that at the grave site they would be releasing some of them as part of the service. She was a nurse for many years and in the latter years developed dementia. (the clouds that no longer were in the sky blocking out the sun) Always enjoy your work :)