Reposting this from 2014 for Go Dog Go Cafe – Throwback Friday


Flames flickering, lapping, reaching
Smoldering embers glow blood red
Smoke invades and suffocates
Distress turns to despair
Somewhere the devil dances and demons sing

Walls of water climbing, growing, towering
Crushing waves spiral, bile brown
Sea invades and suffocates
Distress turns to despair
Closer, the devil and demons dance

Clouds of insects swarming, buzzing, invading
Epidemic pestilence overtake cadaver grey skies
Hungry mouths invade and suffocate
Distress turns to despair
Devil and demons rejoice

In a quiet corner
the caterpillar
finds refuge
and spins

pulling inward

Exhaustion takes over
until there is nothing left to do
but wait for the change that is

Wait as war rages
Wait as everything before is destroyed
Wait as everything ahead is created
Wait because it is the time to wait

A new day dawns
Old skin is shed
Wet resplendent wings dry
as the creature reclaims life

Swirls of color beating, caressing, lifting
Fragile wings spread kaleidoscope dreams
Instinct kicks in and soars
Distress is discarded and despair is a distant memory

Devil and demons ululate
and set their sight on another day
They are no match for the struggle
of the butterfly


Image courtesy of Patou /



  1. Michele, your poetry is very powerful. I especially loved rage. Haven’t read metamorphosis yet. Are these old poems or were they written recently? Marsha 



    • Thanks Marsha! Right now, I’m pulling from a collection of old poems. I hope to post new ones by the end of the week. Most of the older ones were written during my divorce – lots of emotion to draw from.


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