Friday, June 23, 2006

She’s Going To Be A Butterfly Soon

She’s going to be a butterfly soon
the cocoon’s unraveling fast.
Her memories drift,
like gauzy ghosts
in perfect harmony,
back 79 years to now.
You can see her colorful wings
ready to fly on the breath of God.
Morning and night
blend into fogs of passing rites,
she’s going to be a butterfly soon.

28 comments:

Aurora said...

This one is beautiful, Pat.

~River~ said...

Fragile...
like age and death and the tenuous links that make up a life.

Loved reading it and thanks for the comment on my blog.

Medusa aka expiringpoet said...

Lovely, it really moved me. Thanks for sharing that :)

Russell Ragsdale said...

I'm watching the same miraculous transformation on a dear 85 year old. You give it such a chance to be great. A special treat in a tough place.

Don Iannone said...

Lovely Pat. I really like this: "You can see her colorful wings ready to fly on the breath of God."

That's a Native American notion. Breath = life = East = new life or rebirth in the Medicine Wheel.

anu said...

"She's going to be a butterfly soon"

Merely these words say so much Pat

moonlight said...

thanks 4 stoppin by,pls come again

Poetry by Kai said...

beautiful....

& saweet.....

gracie said...

"the cocoon's unraveling fast."
I care for the aged and dying and there is so much beauty in this stage of life...
lovely image, pat.

STAG said...

thanks for visiting my blog. I shall of course, make it a habit to drop in here. Good wordsmithing is rare.

MB said...

Oh.

unraveling fast... ready to fly on the breath of God
Tender lines.

Nea said...

Grandma lived to 99, for five years I watched her cocoon unravel, as she drifted back to childhood.

Her memories drift,
like gauzy ghosts
in perfect harmony
back 79 years to now

you understand this so well I see

J. Andrew Lockhart said...

really well said! I really like this one---

steve said...

An image that a child would be able to grasp - very well done, pat.

Jon Cox said...

VERY BEAUTIFUL & WELL DONE! :o) Yeah, my parents r great about my work, thank you! :o)

Amalendu said...

enjoyed it...

sage said...

Wonderful, your mother, grandmother, a fried?

polona said...

beautiful, tender, moving... no need to say i love it!

Masago said...

Well put!

peter said...

Wonderful!

Borut said...

Ethereal beauty.

Pat Paulk said...

Thanks Aurora!!

River, it was my pleasure to visit you. Thanks for the comment!!

Medusa, I'm glad it did!! Thanks for coming by!!

Russell, I've watched it in two parents. Thank you!!

Thanks Don!!

Anu, I believe there's hope in everything. Thank you!!

Moonlight, thanks for returning the visit. I will!!

Kai, thank you!!

Gracie, I was privileged to watch this in an assisted living facility, over a 4 year period where my Dad was. They really do!! Thank you!!

Stag, thanks for returning the visit and commenting!!

Thank you MB!!

Nea, watched it with two parents. The 79 years was my step-mother. No finer woman God ever made!

Thanks Andrew!! Every now and again I get it right!

Steve and like a child we return. Thank you!!

Jon, I'm glad to hear it!! Thank you!!

Thank you, Shyamalee!!

Sage, 11 years belated for my step-mother. Thank you!!

Thank you Polona!! I'm glad!!

Thanks Vaughn!!

Thanks Peter!!

Yes it is, thank you borut!!

Pris said...

Oh Pat...simply lovely!

boulies said...

This is so haunting and beautiful. Another favorite for me. "Her memory drifts, like gauzy ghosts in perfect harmony" I love these words! In this you make age and incoming death something light, soft and beautiful for those who are just about to leave us. Just as it should be. Thank you!

boulies said...

This is so haunting and beautiful. Another favorite for me. "Her memory drifts, like gauzy ghosts in perfect harmony" I love these words! In this you make age and incoming death something light, soft and beautiful for those who are just about to leave us. Just as it should be. Thank you!

Shane said...

awesome stuff

Anonymous said...

A great tribute, Pat... Amazing that she still inspires your poetry and our lives.. Good job, little brother...

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

what a beautiful poem, it would make a touching epitaph