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Year of the Butterfly

Updated on July 30, 2011

I saunter up to the corner of the World where East meets West and North meets South at a lovely bar on the beach of the Sands of Time. The warm breeze touches my face and fills me with possibility. I gaze out over the Oceans to witness a fiery sunset far off on the west horizon - and at the same time far off on the east horizon black skies filled with stars hail the rising of a full moon. At this moment I was standing in between time.

A fine young gentleman appeared behind the bar saying, “Good Evening Miss, What can I get you?”

It didn’t take long to respond.“Champagne all around, Sir. A toast for the New Year. For indeed I have a great announcement for all the fine people of the Earth gathered here.”

“As Milady wishes.”

Champagne spread through the fountains surrounded by the most glorious and fragrant tropical flowers. Shiny waxy leaves spread wide in the fading sun and rising moon while flamingos and pelicans played in waters so clear. Music filled the air as the heat seemed to rise, and again the sound of percussion and drums filled the air and mingled with the sweet meat smell of the food cooking right there on the beach.

I tipped my head back and raised my glass. The world around me fell still for a moment except for the crashing of the waves...

A toast to you, all over the world

Living in subway cities, loud noise in your head

A farm or a suburb country flags unfurled

In rice paddies, riverboats, or caught up in bloodshed

The haves and the have-nots and all in between

Never noticing the other, how blind are our eyes?

This year there’ll be no more silkscreen

The veil will be lifted, we’re all butterflies.


Come and drink, Come and dance

Make ye mad, come and laugh

For once and for all

May all men and women be merry

For pride and arrogance have no place anymore

Caterpillar cocoons are a thing of the past

Lets move forward with something that lasts

Butterflies flying every which way,

Flying where its fragrant and sweet

Coloring our way, Brightening the day

This is the year of the butterfly.


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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Just Beautiful.. I love the butterfly.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you Acaetnna, may you have your own Year of Butterflies! Namaste.

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      Well this is absolutely stunning Erin. I love it and am voting it up and pressing those tabs. I simply love butterflies and your pictures are stunning as well as your imagery of your words.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      thank you for stopping by, new friend and leaving a comment! Brightest Blessings for a wonderful new year!

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      THAT was powerful, every thing about that hub was quite magical! Thank you for this New Years gift!

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Well, between the two of you, I am left speechless - humbled beyond words. I was just watching a biography on Virginia Woolf the other day about Mrs. Dalloway, about her carrying her life's work in her arms to her parents (deceased) and laying it down in front of them as if to say "here, look what I've accomplished." - perhaps in a way, we all do that. I'm no where near done yet though, I'm still working on that book, and I've got that deadline looming, I hope the release of that makes you proud Mom, and Epi, I think it will color your way and brighten your day, surely ! That is, if I keep at it!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well 'Mom' just took all of the words out of my mouth - and you just know when you can take the words out of the epi-man's mouth then you must be doing/saying something very righteous - lol lol lol

      ...let me conclude then by saying you are always coloring my way and brightening my day - again not words of mine own - but they seem perfect to describe a gifted writer like you!!!!!!

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      Mom 6 years ago

      This was beautiful! Just shows once again how much

      talent you have and how your writings inspire so many others. I am so proud of you!!!!

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      always exploring, champagne's on me!

      prasetio30, thanks so much for coming by again. I plan to visit you more often, I'm so impressed with your site. Take care

      Caity, thanks so much for coming, I'm always happy when my goddess daughter stops in, love you forever and a day!

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      Caity K. 6 years ago


      Once again, your writing and prose blows me away.... you're beautiful.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow.... I love butterfly so much. And your poem was totally beautiful. Thanks for writing this. Good work, my friend. Take care!


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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Yea,I'm in!!Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Okay, next year we all meet in Cancun! or Bermuda!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I like Nell,read it twice and each time i savored it more.I want to go to an island and watch the waves come ashore.I feel poetry knocking at my door.LOL


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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      b, that's a wonderful way for your mother to make her presence known to you, symbols, plants, and creatures are such strong links to those who have crossed to remind us they are always with us. The butterfly has so many meanings to many people, at the end of the year - I'm going to ask everyone how the butterfly manifested in their lives this year. I know in my heart and feel with every inch of my being that for all of us, its going to be profound. Blessings to you...

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      When ever I see a Monarch Butterfly...I think it is my mother ( who passed many years ago) flying by...I love Butterflies...and if this is the year of The Butterfly...I say thank you Erin. for such a lovely Poem.

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      carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Here's to the year of the Butterfly.

      I love this post!

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      vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

      A beautiful Poem with a beautiful message. God Bless Erin

      Voted up

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Denise, the butterfly is one of my totems as well! But it has come to me in the past few days that this is the year for it to manifest and not just for me, but for everyone. Don't ask me why - I just know it! I'm going to be needing this transformative energy to help me transform my own life and finish projects, like my book - and loads of other things that I have no idea where I'll find the strenght or resources - I just know they'll be there and that butterfly just keeps popping up for inspiration. Don't be surprised if it shows up in lots of my hubs somewhere this year!

      I wish you lots of blessings and inspiration and please come back anytime you wish - Namaste' Erin

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      What an absolutely awesome hub. Yes, I would agree-brilliant. I rated this 'up' and A & B. My goodness, it gives me goosebumps. I'm not too far from where you live, and the beach of someplace warm sounds divine.

      There is magic in the symbolism of the transforming butterfly. My avatar has two of those lovely creatures in it because, since I was in my teens I have considered the butterfly one of my totems. I'm bookmarking this hub for referencing when I need inspiration.

      The Year of the Butterfly--yes, I can feel it. I believe you have created a magnificent catch phrase, Erin. Thanks. I will keep that phrase and image in my heart.

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      Erin LeFey 6 years ago from Maryland

      Nell, I was so cold today and tired of winter, I had to take myself to the beach! I'm so happy to have made you so happy!

      smsavinsky19, Thanks for dropping by! I'm so glad you liked it. You hit on one of my action words for this New Year "Clarity" so I must be doing something right!

      Christina, I haven't read it yet, but I shall! I believe we're all headed into a beautiful change this year. You're already something awesomely beautiful, maybe you just need some new eyes ;)

      Ritchie, I think that's exactly what its going to be. I really wanted to take everyone on vacation with this one. Kaleidoscope is one of my favorite words. Brightest Blessings and peace to you as well my dear friend.

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      richtwf 6 years ago

      I hope that this is the year of metamorphosis and transformation for you, me and all of us!

      Beautiful words conjuring up a kaleidoscope of rich imagery.

      Loved this poem and the message of one filled with great hope.

      God bless you Erin and peace to you.

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      Christina M. Castro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Hi Erin, Have you read my hub called, "Pondering The Metamorphosis Of Life"? This was also inspired by the butterfly. You have captured the very essence of the beauty of this wonderful transformed creature. I wish I could crawl into a cocoon and then wake up the next day into something so awesomely beautiful.

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      smsavinsky19 6 years ago from somewhere sunny

      This is brilliant! I really enjoyed the poem at the end, because of it's clarity and humbling statements.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Oh wow! that was fantastic! and the pictures too! wouldn't it be great if we all could be like that? and the sounds of the ocean make me want to go to the coast now! lol loved it, rated up and read it again! lol