Friday, August 20, 2010

Allegorical Poem

An Allegory is a narrative having a second meaning beneath the surface one - a story with two meanings, a literal meaning and a symbolic meaning. 


We planted butterflies
some time ago
and watched them grow.
Tiny caterpillars slowly crawling
spinning silk
so they don't slip.

They amazed us for
a moment. And then bursting
from out of nowhere
was a butterfly
deep orange and
we watched.

One and then two, three and five
tiny butterflies.
Do we keep them in their cage or
let them fly?
We let them go
and watching them
we cried.

They flittered onto the dew and grass
and stood so still,
my eyes nervously roamed the sky.

But he took his time
fluttering through
the breeze
my heart squeezed.

Then they where gone
and there was nothing 
left to do
but take delight
in the bittersweet flight
of our butterfly.

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