PTSD Survivor Poetry by Jeni Barker

We’re just going to keep going with our celebration of National Poetry Month because I received so many fantastic submissions! Actually, May is Mental Health Awareness month, so we’ll say that these poems celebrate that, too.

This poem is by Jeni Barker, a pet parent to 2 dogs and 4 cats.  She runs her own pet sitting service and lives in sunny Florida.  She enjoys reading, writing, and many kinds of crafts.

One Day a Butterfly

A lonely little caterpillar am I,
All brown and ugly to me.
I try to stay with Mother Sunshine
But I feel too ugly and not wanted by her.
She beckons for me to come.
I stay in the shadows so no one will see.
It’s safe here in the shadows.
No one can hurt me anymore here I say.
My light will give you warmth and comfort.
I’ll heal your pain she says.

I’ll help you pretty the butterfly says.
How can you help?
You’re not like me.
I was once. I was hurt really bad.
I found the road that led me to what I am now.
Let me show you the way.
I’m afraid.
It’s okay to be afraid.
One step at a time is all that it takes.
Be strong caterpillar and come.

The road is ahead, I see it now.
Be strong caterpillar and walk the road.
You’ll be okay.
The real you is at the end.
I promise you that.
Once you reach that far,
Your pain will fade.
The hurt inside will be a dull ache.

I walk the road now.
I feel so alone.
I make friends with a bunny who also walks.
I see I’m not alone with the pain and suffering.
We help each other keep going on.
I know one day what awaits me…
I’ll finally be the butterfly I was meant to be!

 

 
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