Butterfly

I
Am a
Butterfly.
Who was once encased
In a ghetto cocoon.
I was trapped,
Couldn’t get out.
Actually, I really didn’t want to.
Until I realized
The condition of being
Imprisoned by my own
Comfort zone.
Then a desire grew,
Which turned into
A need full blown.

I began to struggle,
Began to fight
Against my stifling
Surroundings,
Trying to strengthen and spread
My newly formed
Wings.
If I could only just make
The slightest crack
In that rock hard
Exterior.
No longer could I be
Deemed as less than,
As unworthy,
Or inferior.

I was once a hardened,
Undeveloped little seed.
I’ve grown so much,
Into what I parallel as a beautiful,
Weeping Willow tree.
I sway back and forth during the most
turbulent of storms, yet through it all
I stand.
And many a night,
I shed tears
Feeling as though my heart was torn
From my trunk
Left to dissolve away
In the surrounding puddles.
Never has there been a time
When my emotions were very subtle.

I was once a tigress,
Held in captivity
For the viewing pleasure
Of the public.
But they didn’t see me.
Though powerful and
Vicious, also
Graceful and ever so
Cautious.

My future was of no consequence.
I would simply be yet another
Prisoner
In a concrete jungle
Whose words
Would never be heard.
The consideration that
I may be suffering,
Obviously absurd.

But I broke free
From my cage,
Broke each bar down
One by one.

Grew taller with every
Downpour
And blessed golden ray
That shone down from
The sun.

I evolved over time,
Underwent a
Metamorphosis,
Difficult as it was.
I guess it’s true what they say,
“Ignorace is bliss.”
From a content,
If unaware, little caterpillar
To emerge from my shell.
As majestic,
Full grown,
Feeling alive and free.
I’ve escaped from my own
Self-imposed Hell.
So remember well,
Keep this in mind,
As I flutter by,
I am now
A butterfly.

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~ by butrfly on December 22, 2009.

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