open hand

to hold a butterfly
in your hand
is to marvel
at her exquisite beauty
in the brilliant show of colors
in the complexity of her patterns

to hold a butterfly
is to honor
the process of evolving
to respect the necessity of change
to behold with awe as she writhes
in prelude to her blossoming

to hold a butterfly
is to understand
that to fly about is her highest nature
that she will flutter her wings
and float capriciously
where whim may lead

to hold a butterfly
is to keep an open hand
so she may soar
on buoyant breezes
and explore the gifts
of your peaceful garden