as she pushes to be free

Juan Miguel Torres

how happy can a butterfly be
as she pushes to be free
not being ever able
to understand
the glass and metal lid

it must be a futile struggle
not knowing what keeps her in
but feeling the flutter of her wings
being held back by something

i wonder how she’d think
if that jar were ten times big
would she think herself in freedom
or would she think her jail to be
ten times the worst
than it had been