A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

A group of butterflies can be called by a number of different names, one of which is a kaleidoscope of butterflies. Doesn’t that just sound so beautiful?

One night while I was in college I had a dream that I was in a kaleidoscope of butterflies. When I woke up, I wrote the dream down and it became a a poem in the collection I’ve written over the years. Right now, the kids and I are growing some butterflies (you can purchase your own at Insect Lore). They are currently chrysalises and should emerge as beautiful painted ladies in about a week. I am also trying to figure out what to do with my life now that some doors have closed and new ones have opened and I feel…free…to do the things I didn’t feel I had the liberty to do before. Butterflies and freedom together have gotten me thinking about my old poem.  I hope you enjoy it.

 Butterfly Dance

this night I sleep peaceful
and butterflies come to me in dream
dancing in a shaft of rainbow light
they are beautiful
with shimmering, powdery wings and delicate bodies
I too have wings
and dance with them
up up through the red and yellow and orange
in the luminosity, we fly
our destination calls to us in the form of silent music
a white light shines above calling to us as though it is a god
iridescent bodies, we dance together in the rainbow
up up through the green, blue and purple

until one falls, discouraged, scared, weak
and suddenly I know that my mission is not to get to heaven tonight
instead, my purpose here is to protect the ones that lose strength
and cannot reach the light
I glide down through the shimmering powdery wings
and catch the fallen one in my hands
gently, I hold it, letting it rest
letting it rejuvenate in the healing rainbow light
until it is strong enough to begin anew its journey to heaven
with encouragement and inspiration, I let it go
knowing my place as protector is precious
in this butterfly dance

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