Flutter little butterfly, flutter
Break free of what contains you
Do nothing but meet your purpose
Glide over the treacherous waters
Of the great wide open—pool
The sweet picture of freedom
Right outside the screened, back porch
Where life's sweet nectar awaits.
A mighty gust of wind rages through
Fall into the currents of the blue…
Flail little butterfly, flail
Try to escape the gaping waters
Bright orange and brown wings
Trapped on the waters' surface
The silver splotches, symmetrical
Like aluminum sun shades of a windshield
Large, brown compound eyes and head
A hand cups around you, little butterfly
Having heard your silent cry.
Let go little butterfly, let go
Went too deep in so little time
Water has taken the better
Twitching, losing strength, your legs limp
Your tongue twists, your wings weak
Droplets remain on your hairy body
Only your silvery patterns reflect
…What life you once had.
Even the perfectly innocent may have to go
But its beauty will always radiate and glow.