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Metamorphosis in Love and Chrysalises


To feel lovable is

to feel Gaia’s warm embrace,

to feel the kiss that she places ever so tenderly

upon your rosy cheek while she caresses your face

and observes the emerald and sapphire hues intertwining in your iris.

Thereafter, she would whisper lovingly into your ear

and tell you about the secrets of the past—

of the Earth she once knew,

of the Earth you are now.

The mellow gust of wind from her whispers and sighs

softly pushes against the delicate wings of a Monarch butterfly,

which flutter and glimmer ever so gently

in the technicolour of the universe.

The butterfly dances gracefully to a melody—a lullaby

sung mellifluously by the oscillating oak and maple trees,

which had long survived destruction that seemed to be beyond repair

until Gaia’s children had finally embraced them ever so kindly.

Drifting swiftly, the lustrous winged creature traverses the skyline

from east of the Rocky Mountains, to west of Mexico City,

where it lays resting on oyamel fir trees,

yearning for Gaia’s sweet hums; the summer zephyr

that would accompany the butterfly to its new home;

in minutes, hours, days, and months to come.

As moonlight pours down the forest and owls awaken,

the Monarch holds its wings together above its back

and dreams of yesterday:

Where its kind was left astray and unloved

with almost no home to fly to and no milkweed leaves to feed on

with most of its children being unable to grow into chrysalises

with all of its siblings threatened by the pesticides in your backyard

(Almost. Almost. Almost.)

“Almost” was enough to awaken you from a deep sleep.

In the cusp of your hands,

you delicately held a Monarch whose wing was impaired

and tried everything you could to comfort it so it would never wane

but “Almost” was not enough to bury the sorrow and pain.

Gaia’s gelid tears flowed freely from the dismal sky,

mending the Monarch’s wing

as she held it dearly and sowed

seeds of metamorphosis deep in your heart.

As loving as the wind,

you began building havens for the late Monarch’s family—

gardens of yours were transfigured into waystations

filled with warmth, milkweed blossoms and nectar plants,

absent of coldness, and pesticides.

As minutes, hours, days, and months kept passing by,

the Monarchs continuously emerged from

their radiant chrysalises, and flew gently into Eden,

with their wings singing in harmony with the birds and trees.

On this Earth,

the caring embrace of Gaia’s children

never fails to make the butterflies feel infinite and lovable,

and the fond kisses that the Monarchs place on your cheeks

never fail to make you feel complete and lovable,

and so, you will never let “Almost” consume you again.

To feel lovable

is to feel Earth’s warm embrace.

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