I am a thousand chrysalises—

And billions of wings-

I am a caterpillar grovelling and soaring
In one instant-

I am an implosion and expansion
Of one single lifetime-

Eons of lifetimes
Breathe in a heartbeat-

I cast off my wings
For countless attempts-

All bodies around me
Are in my body-

I am an ancient seed
And I am an infant-

All hibernation
Consists of awakening-

I dissolve my petals
To soak in the light-

I walk into prisons
And I break free-

I hatch and I wither

All of my winters
Make one beautiful spring-

All of my falls
Enable my flights-

I am a Woman-
A Flower-
A Butterfly—

©️Dalia Lane

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