Why Let Them Struggle?

Apr 18

Within his chrysalis,
Pushing and twisting,
He turns and struggles,
Caterpiller knockedoutWith endless persisting.
 
Slow motion escape,
From his caterpillar prison,
It’s the price he must pay,
For a butterfly’s vision.
 
But I do not like this,
There must be a way,
To speed up this battle,
And free him today.
 
If he could break out,
And skip all this work,
Wouldn’t he be happy?
What would it hurt?
 
What would it hurt?
If I helped him get out?
He could skip all that pain,
Start flying about!
 
This squirming and fussing,
Is wasting his time,
Crysalis knocked out from wikipediaSo I opened his prison,
And thought he looked fine!
 
I was waiting and watching,
For wet wings to dry,
For his wings to flash color,
To catch wind and fly!
 
But…
 
As I tried to rush him,
To make darkness – light,
I shattered the patience,
Required before flight.
 
Nothing was happening,
I don’t understand,
Why he ended his struggle,
Lying still in my hand.
 
He is no longer moving.
Does he know that I cared?
Did he need some more time?
To get more prepared?
 
I thought I was helping,
His wet wings to spread!
But instead of unfolding,
The chrysalis is dead.
 
There’s a lesson I guess,
In letting one struggle,
If we don’t let them learn,
We cause them more trouble.
 
Some struggles will change us,
And some make us cry.
Some struggles will teach us,
How to live – how to fly.

butterflies from hand

 

Image of chrysalis courtesy Wikipedia.com.

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