This poem was first written in 1980 for the birthday of a relative. Today I am posting it here for another, a lovely “cousin woman friend” to wish her a speedy recovery from a recent surgery. Hope to see your beautiful smiling face soon, sweetheart!Butterflies precious, pretty and free Glide into my life to share theirs with me. Some whisper empty words endlessly, While others, like you With their eyes Speak to me. On your wings I discovered There was much to be known From what we uncovered Of the places you’d flown. Life is but a moment Prolonged in the wind, A temporary gift destined to end – What matters more Is how this gift is spent And you, butterfly, Possess the best of intent. For when you aren’t fluttering what you pause to share Brings to us sunbeams endless Your love is everywhere. (c) 1980 Get well soon, sending lots of love and healing thoughts your way, Beautiful!