by Elizabeth Challinor

Don't be fooled by strident voices, wide smiles and bold strides

We are all broken inside

Don't set your successful self aside from the wretched sight of misery

You may cross the street to avoid its empty gaze

Spin your protective cocoon

But soon you will see

There is no getting away from vulnerability

The magical metamorphosis of the caterpillar

Brings forth fourteen delicate days of butterfly life

To be lived to the full, for sure

Fourteen days of meta jubilation


Spreading the good news

To be broken inside

And discover the courage to sit with the pieces

Is the greatest gift of being alive

Elizabeth Challinor