Love is a Butterfly

If you truly love a butterfly,
you ought to let her fly.
She’ll show you her buttery side if you do.
If you open your palm wide enough,
she’ll always perch in it if she wants you.
Don’t break her wings off
because your fears make you want to.
If you squeeze her in,
you would either weaken her
or make her cry,
or make her die,
and at any chance she gets to be free,
she’ll fly far away
and never come back again. 

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Birdterfly

A butterfly should never call itself a bird because, even it can fly with the birds, people would be very quick to remind it that it doesn’t belong with them.

On the other hand, if a bird calls itself a butterfly, people will remind it of how far it has travelled, of how strong its wings are and how much it has achieved- how very “birdy” it is.

The former is done more often than the latter, but whenever people choose to do the latter, they go wild with it.