Poem by Maria Dulce Leitão Reis
WHO ARE YOU, BUTTERFLY?
I noticed a multicoloured butterfly
That was following me.
-Why do you follow me butterfly?
-I’ve been following you all your life.
Happy because you noticed me now.
It is a sign that you are more attentive
Because of your senses
They are more awake
You have grown along the way
It is the normal cycle of life.
Without you having taken it for granted
I’ve always diverted your steps
When you approached the abyss
So that you walked confidently.
I made you step back one step
So that you could move forward.
-Who are you, butterfly?
-Why do you think I’m multicoloured?
Each colour a function.
I am your common sense
Your protective angel
A brake on your daydreams
I am the personification
Of your feelings
And your yearnings!
Fresh water for your heart!
© Maria Dulce Leitão Reis
19 July 2019
Artist, Corina Chirila