Edwin Kagin~”Ode To The Butterfly Mind”

The Parliament of Butterflies

Was racked by deep division

Questions of what to teach the young

Demanded their decision.


It had been known and taught and thought

Since butterfly life began

That butterflies in glory rose

From their creator’s mighty hand


Now some few who this truth mocked

Had attacked faith’s very pillars

“All butterflies,” these scientists claimed,

“Came from caterpillars.”


This indecent theory spread

Into butterfly education,

Until this “caterpillar cult”

Threatened creation’s revelation.


The faithful sought to restore the truth

About the origins of butterflies;

And to build an absolute moral base,

To stop the metamorphic lies.


“Believe you  descended from some worm

And wormlike you will be!”

Reasoned those who’d seen faith’s light

And knew there was nothing left to see.


“We see no proof,” some butterflies said

“That we are all come from cocoons–

Unbelievers who would teach this tale

Are all immoral loons.”


Some said the metamorphous lie

Was laid  by “the enemy,” they believed,

Set, like candle flames and windshields,

To destroy all who were deceived.


The matter was at last resolved –

Both theories must be taught — how fine!

Now all youth can simply decide the truth,

Each in their own simple butterfly mind.

This poem falls directly upon the main premise of my blog, being that we’re at a crossroads in the decision of which theory to teach our nation’s youth, and although I have some slight qualms with the poem near the end I found the whole piece to be relieving in its sense of objective reasoning and its thorough use of the butterfly metaphor throughout the poem.

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