C.J. Heck

Born in Columbus OH - living in Florida
C.J. Heck
Born in Columbus OH - living in Florida
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Butterfly's Lesson

Rating: 4.8
Oh Mama look, a flutterby.
(her tiny hand held it out to me) .
She grasped it firmly in her fist,
afraid to set it free.

Lovingly I showed her
one of life's most painful tests.
Sometimes the ones we love the most
we hurt more than the rest.

The butterfly was still alive
although its wings were bent.
This tiny miracle of grace,
its rainbow all but spent.

The magic dust was there to see.
Tears welled up in her eyes.
I hugged her to me and explained
that real love never dies.

We spoke that day of letting go,
of holding love less tightly.
To hold it gently in our hearts
shows love much more when lightly.

That day when she was very small,
we more than mourned a butterfly.
We shared a magic, tender moment.
I'll always thank the flutterby.
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COMMENTS
Kathy Van Kurin 19 October 2016
C.J. Heck, Lovely and inviting! Your story of learning how to handle gently the fragile. A butterfly, quite fitting I think. Experiences can really influence our and other's futures and I like when there is something to edentify a commonality in myself. Bless you Kathy
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Adryan Barnathan 17 January 2006
CJ what a childs jewel...wings closed and cracked....and a mothers grace, recognising the perfect moment to set a teaching exempliary.....I put my arms around you on this slendid poem.
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Louise Marie Delsanto 17 December 2005
Beautiful and delicate. I am certainly lost in your creative artistry. I will take my time to read them all. thank you.
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Jim Valero 09 December 2005
Dear CJ, What a lovely poem. I love the way it conveys emotion, feeling, pathos through clear imagery and simple narrative. As the poem suggests, love, beauty, life, require freedom to grow and thrive. The poem itself is like the fragile, beauteous butterfly we will never forget. Thanks for sharing.
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Louise Mcvicar 07 December 2005
CJ it's a really awesome poem. I work with Kids (nanny work) and Im studying to be a teacher at the moment - so I get kids learning lessons. It spoke to me. :)
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Shannon Chapel 05 December 2005
C.J., Lovely poem. The sweet tenderness is palpable. Well done. S
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