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Chimera’s are mythical creatures composed of two or more parts.
Sagittarius, by example, is shown: to be made of both man and horse.
But Myths are not found among the living, except in the mind and art.
For where is the mermaid and her siren song found? Nowhere, of course!

Fiction has brought us fantasies, though life is stranger than fiction, I think.
For, now they’ve found the butterfly is in its life, two very separate beings.
Two separate strands of DNA work at different times within this missing link.
One is for the caterpillar, while the other is for the butterfly’s wings to bring.

One must die, or so they say, to allow the metamorphosis to bring the other to life.
But if they say one is dying… I think not… perchance it dreams, or does it sleep?
Or is this like the Phoenix that dies in flames, to again be reborn amid the strife?
Next time you hold a caterpillar or a butterfly in your hand… think about this leap.

Imagine all the wonder of their secret lives, and all that this can mean.
Not only is it a miracle, but perchance a place where we have found our dreams.

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  1. Date: 8/8/2012 2:51:00 PM
    I didnt know that about the butterfly...a beautiful, deep piece as well as informative. BG

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 2:18:00 PM
    I cannot imagine what go on inside that chrysalis, but the butterflies get all the beauty.

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 1:49:00 PM
    Great topic upon which to write a poem..Yes, the metamorphosis to come will be great..Enjoyed reading this afternoon..I have added a note in "About This Poem" on my work "In Stillness"..It might help you understand my meaning ...Sara

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 1:33:00 PM
    Carol nature is a wonderful thing...David

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 1:21:00 PM
    Yes, a miracle! All life is a miracle, but whenever I learn something like this, I am just amazed by creation. Wonderful poem, Carol. Thanks for sharing. Love and Blessings, Rhonda