Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cocoon


There comes a time
we must withdraw,
to retreat within ourselves,
protecting that which is hidden
within our heart and soul.
Painful debt, paid by
our own blood and tears,
an unseen burden
too great a risk, a price
we cannot pay.
We seek peace, safety
in familiar solace,
ultimately owing only
ourselves.
                 
                   ~McGuffy Ann Morris~




Shared with Poets United, March 2013


47 comments:

  1. Beautiful words, McGuffy Ann, so worth waiting for! At times to withdraw is the best choice for self-preservation, our reasons may be hidden from the world, but they are carved into our hearts. The photo is perfect... look at the amazing beauty wrapped inside the safety of this cocoon, waiting to emerge again stronger and at last able to fly!

    A wonderful contribution to "silence" at Two Shoes Tuesday, thank you!

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    1. Thanks Josie! Your prompts help me to find inspiration. This one ("hidden") has been particularly meaningful to me. I tend to do this when I am dealing with difficult situations. Thanks for Two Shoes Tuesday & helping me to write things out.

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  2. I love your little poem.
    I think that everyone has experienced something like this in their lives. Love the metaphor of the butterfly safely hidden in the cocoon.

    JB

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    1. Thanks Julia! I write from personal experience, however I want my poetry to speak to others. My poetry book, Weeds, will be out very soon.

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  3. Wow! this was absolutely beautiful.
    Love these words and I agree, the cocoon fits perfectly.

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    1. Robin, thank you. I appreciate your kind words. I hope you will check out my book when it comes out.

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  4. That is beautiful, and such a wonderful take on the "silence" theme, McGuffy Ann!

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    1. Thank you, meowmeowmans. The prompt was actually "hidden", but either way, I appreciate your comment. It means a lot.

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  5. Wonderful poetry ... full of emotions !!!

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    1. Green Speck, thank you so much! I hope you will enjoy my poetry book, knowing that you also write. This one is very true to me and my style. Thanks for your support.

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  6. I can just say, I feel every word written.....

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  7. So very true. Sometimes we just have to keep to our own counsel. Sometimes down time is necessary!

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    1. Exactly. Hopefully we come out renewed and stronger.

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    1. Thank you; I am glad you can relate.

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  9. And that time is precious ~ A lovely message to share, thanks ~

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  10. I so resonate with your words.......the withdrawal to peace and safety......beautifully done. Love the cocoon and butterfly, too - how amazing such transformations are, whatever the species:)

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    1. Thank you, Sherry. I appreciate your thoughts.

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  11. Wow, very poignant for me right now.

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    1. I am glad this speaks to you. Thanks.

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  12. To retreat within sometimes a healing and growing process before rebirth.

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  13. Sad and yet beautiful. Good resolution at the end.

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  14. Wise words, McGuffy Ann! One step back but 2 steps forward is a brilliant choice. At least one is sure of oneself for a start! Nicely!

    Hank

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  15. McGuffy Ann,

    I think there are times when everyone might want to retreat inside and contemplate in a singular fashion....It is perhaps quite necessary...

    Eileen

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  16. In fact, we only ever owe ourselves...

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    1. Exactly. Sometimes we need to remind others, and ourselves.

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  17. Sometimes those cocoons are necessary indeed...but when we come out of them, the world gains a beautiful thing ;-)

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  18. A quiet withdrawal is often necessary to continue the journey. Contemplation and introspection never walk easily with constant public activity. I relish my down time and often thank the butterflies for their lessons in balance,

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/

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  19. solitude can be a nourishing refuge.agreed, entirely.even if we have to adopt it unwillingly.

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    1. Sometimes it is difficult, but necessary.

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  20. perfectly described. sometimes we need this peace and solitude to recharge.

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  21. McGuffy, sorry for calling you "Ann" last time! You can call me "Barlow' or "Liberatore" once if you like...!

    Powerful writing. I remember having to withdraw for the sake of self-preservation from the society of druggies, so this feels quite real to me.

    No matter what one's journey, there is merit in reexamining the chrysalis for a spell. Thanks, Amy

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  22. I can so relate to this and agree with you entirely. I know the times when I need to withdraw, retreat from the world within myself. If I didn't I think I'd either go crazy or lose parts of myself. It's most important, I think, for renewing the connection. I can always tell when the work is done. It feels like a sigh of relief and the best way to describe it is... "Ah... I'm home again."

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  23. I'm not sure why my previous comment did not appear. However:

    Owing oneself is likely a debt that can be paid. It's a better fate than unseen burden.

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