Digesting me
within this shell
dissolving self
to bid farewell
to all I was
so I shall be
not that which crawls
but what flies free.

Chrysalis © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Concerning the metamorphosis of a butterfly:
the caterpillar quite literally digests (some say "recycles") itself, dissolving its body into "imaginal cells" which establish the basis for the future body of the butterfly eventually to arise as this truly transformative event unfolds.

This poem also honors my mother's love of butterflies.  Jeannette J. Tiess passed away on April 8, 2020.

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Submitted: April 12, 2020