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Only Butterflies Are Free

Updated on September 12, 2017
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I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I live in the suburbs of Riga, Latvia. I have a wonderful cat named Sid.

Birds fill the skies,

getting a bird’s eye view,

of everything below them -

making swirls up above.

Emotions fill people,

both good and bad,

some days you want to smile

and other days you can only frown.

Friends are like diamonds,

the rarest ones,

stay and hang on -

sometimes for a lifetime.

The ones that are fly by night,

come and go -

in and out your door.

Everyone seeks love,

an emotion that we need,

to make life complete.

Until you find a love that’s true,

your heart will flitter -

like butterflies filling the summer sky.

Love can freeze like the winter ice

and thaw with the spring breezes.

Heat up with summer’s passion

and fade when the autumn leaves fall.

Love’s emotions are like waves upon the sea,

they lap against the shore -

then swirl back into the sea.

Whenever love like a colorful butterfly,

enters your life,

you want it to stay -

forever and a day.

But love is so unlike,

colorful butterflies -

dancing in a blue summer sky.

Catch a butterfly

and try to hold onto it,

before you know -

it will have danced away.

Love can hurt and break a heart,

so remember and never forget -

only butterflies are free.

© 2017 Gypsy Rose Lee


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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 days ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Peggy.

      Thank you Jackie.

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      Peggy Woods 6 days ago

      We have butterflies winging their way through our garden often. Love seeing them. Your analogy of butterflies and love was well done.

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 days ago from The Beautiful South

      Who doesn't love butterflies? I cannot remember if I have ever written a poem about butterflies or not but we all should. You did a wonderful job tying them to love!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 7 days ago from Riga, Latvia

      You welcome Mike. I saw one I believe last most colorful butterfly with some vivid red by my pear tree a few days ago. I believe it was a wonderful hello message from my husband and it certainly made me smile.

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      DREAM ON 8 days ago

      I haven't seen many butterflies this year. I wonder where they all are ? Now with the summer over I will have to wait to next Spring. Their wings so beautiful and their movements so graceful. Once again you help me see butterflies in a different light. Thank you for writing this special piece.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 9 days ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you FlourishAnyway.

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      FlourishAnyway 9 days ago from USA

      I like the image of dancing butterflies!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 10 days ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thank you Bill. Nice to see you here first. Hope you have an inspirational week.

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      Bill Holland 10 days ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful metaphor!