Path of the Butterfly

Path of the Butterfly

Path of the Butterfly

A poem & reading

for you!

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Enjoy!

Today I saw a butterfly
her blue speckled wings
glistened in the sunlight
the magic of her metamorphosis
danced around in the winds.
She flew over the sagebrush
and landed on red sandy soil
resting awhile
opening and closing her wings
a silent rhythmic drumbeat
sending wave after wave
of the knowledge she holds
about naturally transforming
choosing to grow
and heading into the mystery
in the passionate pursuit of becoming
despite those who would say
it’s an impossible dream.
I stood with Butterfly
on the sunny hillside
until she lifted into the air to fly
with graceful ease
as if she’d always had wings
weaving her way around prickly pear cactus
and drifting among the piñon pines.
Not very long ago
she had a pillowy oblong body
with rows of tiny sticky feet
she feasted on leaves
flourishing in the beauty of being Caterpillar
all the while preparing
for the changes to come.
There came a day
when she found a sheltering place
because it was time
according to her inner knowing
and the lineage of her species
and the seasons and cycles
of the earth and the stars.
She created a sacred space
for change-making.
Her heart and her spirit
the very purpose of her existence
were beckoning
guiding her
steadying her passage
through the dissolving of what had been
and the creation of her new form
and the emergence from the chrysalis
under her own power
when everything in her
knew it was time
to warm her wings in the sun
and take flight.
Today I am following the path of the butterfly
together we can join this dance of the butterflies
passionately pursuing the becoming of all we are here to be
creating sacred space for transformation
sheltering
dissolving
dismantling what has been
honoring the mystery
exploring unknown terrain
knitting fibers of connection
shaping new forms
reweaving the web of life
within us, between us, and all around.
When it is time
according to our inner knowing
our ancestors and lineages
and the wisdom living in the earth and the stars
we’ll open the doorway
step through the threshold
warm our wings in the sun
and fly
into the magic of our own metamorphosis
into a beautiful, loving world
beyond our wildest dreams.

Reading of Path of the Butterfly


4 Responses to Path of the Butterfly

  1. Absolutely amazing JoAnne! Thank you for this beautiful piece you’ve written and for reading it with the serenity your voice offers.
    It is truly a gift to know you!

  2. I love your poem so much JoAnne- thank you. 🦋 May we be patient, and when it is time (let me trust in my own perfect timing!) let us “fly
    into the magic of our own metamorphosis
    into a beautiful, loving world
    beyond our wildest dreams.
    Yes. Yes. Yes. Amen.

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