October 27, 2014: Lepidoptera

~by Paula Veloso Babadi

In Ecclesiastes 1:9 we learn “What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun.” (NAB Catholic Edition) The older I get, the more I am tempted to solidify life lessons from observing God’s creation, in this case the butterfly’s struggle. The battle to be free, to soar above weariness will always remain, because this life – beautiful as it may be – is lived in an imperfect world. But along the way, we can learn from the butterfly who doesn’t give up the fight to transform, to fly, even if only for a while. I thank God for the struggles that allow the breaking free and the soaring against a vast sky. The prize is winged flight and the reprieve of sweet nectar on the journey.


I long to fly
short-lived though soaring be
from embryo to crawling then cocoon
before I’m free.
Too much to bear the struggles
battle-ready tire me
death sure to come if I but pause
before eclosion sets me free.
This morning transformation is in grasp
as black skies yield to light of day
and brilliant colors spread their wings at last –
until they fall give me a sip to drink along the way.


Paula Veloso Babadi has worked in the health care industry for over thirty five years, but her true passion is poetry. She is a member of the St. John’s Chapter of the national Catholic Writers Guild and a regular contributor to the St. Joseph’sReflections Newspaper. Growing up in England and Pensacola with her Filipino and British parents and marrying into her Iranian family, she now lives in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, daughter and nearby three grown sons and grandchildren.

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