This is our journey out of this cocoon
sequestered from children – from parents
sequestered behind masks,
forgotten smiles and eye makeup defining us.  

We were caterpillars
growing fatter and fatter
building up green goo inside us,
until finally spinning silken shrouds.  

Were we waiting for Lazarus to reach us
suffocating wrapped in our sheets.
He is not coming back this time,
but neither have we died.  

Fingers pushing apart strands of silk,
entwining legs and arms in the dark,
we rise gently on air as sweet as nectar,
in sun as warm as a lovers’ embrace.  

What have we become that we must leave this place.