Scaling the Hopeful Sky by Mark Tulin

I push through the plastic screen
of the Butterfly House
and greeted by thousands
of migrating winged creatures
in exquisite patterns and designs,
skirting the soft and fragrant petals
of echinacea and marigolds. 

They flutter from their unhappy past
where they were held in death camps—
butterflies of all colors and ethnicities,
in what seems like a frantic hurry,
they swirl away from a distant memory.

They came from the chambers
of cruel indignities,
only to rise from a coughing smokestack,
hardship transforming into prosperity,
butterflies scaling the hopeful sky,
free of pain, no more tears.

Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

18 comments on “Scaling the Hopeful Sky by Mark Tulin

  1. This is So inspirational and beautifully written!

  2. May we all emerge as butterflies …. beautiful.

  3. That image, paired with those words… Wow, Mark!

  4. Very mystical and uplifting, Mark. You expressed incredible imagery with that one!

  5. Absolutely loved the poem…loved the thought

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