Metamorphosis (for Bethi)

Metamorphosis (for Bethi)

by MarcMangel


Caterpillars become butterflies

and babies become children

but for the caterpillar it is


she’s got a cocoon to hide

the pain and the hurt and

the uncertainty of change

for the child

it is not so easy

she has no cocoon

And I watch her,

sometimes with pain

and sometimes with glee

because the metamorphosis

is a pleasure to see

Her pain is real

and her tears are real

but through it all

a butterfly emerges



January 1981

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