Saving butterflies by Misha Lyuve

May 7, 2012

Last weekend I spent at the beach befriending butterflies.

Butterflies are like celebrities – they are known to be bright and perfect, freely roaming in beautiful places. But that day on the beach I saw many helpless miserable creatures stuck in the sand with their wings wet, shaggy and losing their colors; in other words, completely not living up to their reputation. They probably got unexpectedly caught in the rain and ocean winds. I don’t know the latest butterfly trends that well – they might’ve come here with a romantic idea of spending their last moments of life with the view of the ocean.


I picked up a few from wet sand that still showed signs of life and carried them on my palm. It turned out, butterflies had personalities. Some of them were very tranquil, some restless and even naughty. They explored my palm, and most adventurous ones even my jacket. Some looked like they were taking a nap; others attempted to dust sand off their faces or turn around to dry their wings from different sides.

One butterfly, after getting her rest and obtaining new strength, suddenly opened her wings up and flew away. She made a few rounds in the air first turning into a black dot and then disappearing. The rest of the creatures didn’t follow that example. I ended up dropping them on a local flower bush. I’m not sure of their destiny, though I still think of them.

Was I a savior? Playing a butterfly god? Or a sentimental fool interfering with the nature and natural course of their lives? An ignorant loser that spoiled their last wish?

I am likely not to find the answers, but through this experience I got reminded yet again how everything is connected and endlessly repeated. Thank you butterflies!


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  1. stephanie Woo

    Just beautiful

  2. Susan

    Love this one Misha. Your blog lightens up my gloomy moments, so that they drift quickly into ‘past’ moments… And remind me to be ‘present’ and to look around me and inside for regeneration of my spirit.
    Thanks for your enriching contribution to our human experience!
    Wish you well!!!

  3. mariachu

    I love the story is so sweet and at the same time thoughtful. too bad i don´t have much time to check them all but when i get to it with internet again i will, don´t worry.i love it, keep it up!!!!!!

  4. Heulwen Renshaw

    You’re never a fool, or ignorant loser. A Saviour maybe….because we are all would-be saviours, only we’ve not quite sure of our footing yet.
    You give us a gift in your lovely story. Thank you.