Thinking Like a Butterfly

It's a difficult balance to welcome relationship without giving ourselves away. For each of us is subject to the influence of others. This poem explores this balance.
01/27/2016 01:31 pm ET Updated Jan 27, 2017

It's a difficult balance to welcome relationship without giving ourselves away. For each of us is subject to the influence of others. This poem explores this balance.

Thinking Like a Butterfly

Monday I was told I was good.
I felt relieved.
Tuesday I was ignored.
I felt invisible.
Wednesday I was snapped at.
I began to doubt myself.
On Thursday I was rejected.
Now I was afraid.
On Saturday I was thanked
for being me. My soul relaxed.
On Sunday I was left alone
till the part of me that can't
be influenced grew tired of
submitting and resisting.
Monday I was told I was good.
By Tuesday I got off the wheel.

A Question to Walk With: In conversation with a loved one or friend, describe instances when you felt approved of, ignored, rejected, and finally left alone. Then discuss the heart of who you are underneath all of these influences.

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