shadow & sugar…
allowed to be
a many-layered thing…
to have texture and shades.
to be kissed by the sunlight
and bitten by the moon
and to feel all the different ways
that you feel,
all the raw and tender mess of it all.
to let all of that shadow and sugar be in you
and the pretty and dirty and beautiful and wild
run through you and spill out of you
everywhere, all at once…
to just let yourself be a
soft and wild thing.
– butterflies rising
‘shadow & sugar… you are allowed to be a many-layered thing’ is a poem by butterflies rising that is published in her books ‘go where you breathe free’ and ‘she’s flowers and fire’. The poem is a big theme in butterflies rising’s life the past few years- she’s been going through a lot of self-discovery and going through what people call “shadow work,” and a deep part of that for her has been learning to allow and accept the different layers of herself.
Book essay excerpt for ‘shadow & sugar… you are allowed to be a many-layered thing’
“it’s ok to have the extremes and parts of ourselves that don’t fit into perfect little boxes. All the different energies we hold make us beautiful, and we’re allowed to have them; we’re allowed to be many-layered things.”