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The True Beauty of the Butterfly

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The True Beauty of the Butterfly

Imagine being so 
compelled by circumstance 
that you must wrap yourself in a tight cocoon 
of your own making
just to survive. 

Surrendering your life,
as you know it, to some unknown
future form that you cannot see because
your mind is blank and your body 
is eating itself alive. 

Until enough time passes,
in isolation, that all your cells 
have turned themselves inside out 
and been altered into an alien
gossamer shape.

Feeling trapped by  
the silken shell you have woven 
around yourself, you chafe against your confines
with your newly winged being,
slowly breaking through. 

your extreme makeover,
you carefully unfurl your shimmering sails, waiting 
until you are strong enough 
to catch the wind.

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  1. Date: 7/19/2010 11:08:00 AM
    Congrats Krista on having your poem being featured this week, enjoy the honor and keep writing. Love, always Adeleke

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 8:16:00 AM
    I love this...great analogy to hiding ones self for protection. Beautiful Congrats on being featured.- Jodie Q

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 5:15:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Krista. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:45:00 AM
    Many congrats on your wonderful feature this week. Rgds Jan

  1. Date: 6/3/2010 11:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round Krista. I wish you the best in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 3:17:00 PM
    Congratulations on making it through the first round of the Poetry Soup contest with this poem. Best wishes in the finals. Karen

  1. Date: 5/12/2010 2:52:00 AM
    Congratulations on your featured write this week Krista. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/11/2010 6:46:00 PM
    Nice use of imagery to share your thoughts. Congratulations on having your poem featured. I wish you continued success with your writing. Karen

  1. Date: 5/10/2010 1:48:00 PM
    Many congrats on your well deserved piece being featured this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 2:41:00 PM
    Congratulations on your fine poem being featured on the Soups Homepage Krista >> James

  1. Date: 12/19/2009 12:46:00 AM
    Love the monoku phrases on that last verse etcKrista.'Gossomer shape, catch the wind.Memorabl.Rgds Brian & thank for your kind words and comments

  1. Date: 12/12/2009 8:08:00 AM
    Hi Krista, This is absolutely beautiful, I recently wrote a poem called ( A beautiful butterfly crossed your path today)Thank you for allowing me to see through your eyes today, This is a brilliant piece that allows our imagination to flow in a beautiful way.Butterflies are truly amazing to watch, especially when we think about what they went through in order to earn there wings, Have a fantastic weekend, Dean

  1. Date: 12/11/2009 7:18:00 PM
    Amazing write, brilliant.....always, Christy

  1. Date: 12/11/2009 6:21:00 PM
    Wow very well done I find this piece brilliantly done much thinking went into this! I love it! Laura :)

  1. Date: 12/11/2009 4:50:00 PM
    To catch the wind and fly tasting the nectar of floweres galore wanting to find your mate the perfect one for the other half. What a wonderful short life they lead. Love the way that you expressed the idea. Keep the magical pen flowing.Sara