"Butterfly Journey" | A Poem

I helped a caterpillar, 

out of her cocoon, 

as she wrestled to 

break through 

the tiny hole 

that she had hewn 

 

But what I didn’t realize 

I helped this creature die 

the pain was 

what was needed 

to become 

a butterfly 

 

I’ve wrestled 

through the crevices 

that sometimes seemed 

too small 

I found myself 

in tunnels 

where I could barely 

crawl 

 

I cried for help 

despairingly 

to ears 

that did not heed 

solicited for aid 

from those 

who did not 

meet my need 

 

wrapped in my cocoon 

with death 

within my sight 

waiting for the Lord 

to bring 

closure 

to my fight 

 

perhaps He was 

too busy 

perhaps He didn’t 

see 

maybe He didn’t realize 

the urgency 

of my plea 

 

was I on a 

waiting list 

indifferently 

put on hold 

waiting for 

redemption from 

the fears 

the tears 

the cold 

 

But through 

the wretched 

wars of life 

now old 

and looking back 

most of what 

I learned in life 

came 

squeezing through that 

crack 

 

that like the caterpillar 

laboring so long 

though with intense frustration 

was the thing that made me 

strong 

 

each battle gave me wisdom 

needed to survive 

fighting in the throes 

of death 

made me come 

alive 

 

and though each trial 

was vile 

hostile to the soul 

I felt just like a 

butterfly 

when I made it 

through that  

hole 

 

now I take 

the wisdom, 

learned through 

fire and hell 

truths that I 

acquired 

emerging from 

my shell 

 

and I share it  

with other 

caterpillars 

butterflys in wait— 

to help them 

as they’re 

squeezing through 

that tiny, 

tiny 

gate. 

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