Why butterfly wings?

peacock_butterfly.jpgI have other blogs where I post writings, poems concerning my faith, prayers, thoughts. But this is the first one I’ve attempted that is just about sharing my life. Something I wrote a long time ago explains why I chose the heading I did.


A butterfly is free

giving to all who see.

A turtle hides in its shell

never letting anyone know him well.

I would rather be like the butterfly,

giving, sharing beauty, free.

Not like the turtle,

afraid, hiding, a prisoner.

Of course,

the butterfly used to be

a caterpillar trapped in a cocoon.

This gives hope for change!


I have always struggled with my tendency to “hide” from people – my thoughts, my words, my eyes, and who I am inside. But isolation always leads to depression, lack of joy. I want to be like the butterfly and I hope with this blog, I can open my heart and share freely from my life.  

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One response to “Why butterfly wings?

  1. Vicki Moser

    I love this poem! I love these websites (yours and Ami’s) It allows us to be part of your everyday lives. I almost feels like we are there with you. i have always believed in being open. I don’t always acheive this, but Sometimes I feel like I go too far. But, I do know that keeping emotions locked up inside is not healthy. So, you go girl! This way when you come for a visit, we won’t have so much catching up to do.


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