8. Metamorphosis

Monarch Butterfly emerging from it’s chrysalis Courtesy Steve Greer Photography

Chemo.  There is such a churning and moving and changing within.  It is not comfortable.  (It isn’t entirely horrific either.)  

A caterpillar goes into a cocoon, and is totally reconfigured by the process of metamorphosis.  It’s like that.

Life is entirely altered… and yet “reality” believes it remains the same.  Even within the cocoon of chemotherapy, the viewpoint has a new veil.  The cocoon shadows what was once so clear.  All perspective is shifting.  Anticipation mounts.  

There will be a vibrant, culminating end to the cocoon.  But for now, I sit and watch and listen.  I am in the moment with the life that surrounds me.  A lot of the normal world appears muffled in the shadows.  Perfect.

Falling Up

Climbing Upwards dreamstime_m_162420560In the dream, I stood on the red soil atop a huge butte.  (I had to google search the word for butte, because I have never said it in my life.)  There were no fears, no worries, no issues.  Yet, I definitely fell off the side!

I didn’t fall down.  I fell up.  My body returned to the red ground at the top.  

And there was a pun.  Kwami said I laughed in my sleep.  The whisper jibed, “A colon is a real ass-et!”

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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