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Guest Blog – ‘Butterfly, Broken Butterfly’ by Lita Verella

February 1, 2015

Lita Verella lives in Maryland, USA. We’ve never met though we have become friends via cyberspace.

Back in 2008, Lita became ill. She suffered severe headaches, eyesight trouble, weight loss and nausea. Her condition was diagnosed as migraine but the prescribed medication brought no relief. A colleague then suggested she seek hospital treatment.

The upshot was that Lita was found to have a bleed on the brain due to an abnormal tangle of arteries and veins known as Cerebral Arteriovenous Malformation, or AVM.

She underwent a Gamma Knife procedure to remedy this and spent the next two years recovering. Lita believes that but for her colleague’s suggestion, she might not have been here today.

Over the years since, Lita has undertaken activities such as sponsored walks to spread awareness of the rare condition she narrowly survived and raise funds for the Aneurysm and AVM Foundation, TAAF.

Here is Lita with a poem that will make you think…


Butterfly, broken butterfly
Once on your way to fly so high
A broken wing now your plight
Your chance to soar seems denied

Butterfly with the broken wing
So lost now, not sure where you’re going
Your lost feeling is a pain that stings
Yet in your heart the hope to soar clings

Butterfly, broken yet still beautiful
Such beauty you have, do you know?
Your wing is broken but is there still
And fly again you one day will.

Butterfly, do you see how far you’ve come
Though your journey is not yet done?
You still have some way to go
Your course maybe bothersome, often slow

But once off the ground
With strength much abound
You’ll fly twice as high as before
May you soar, butterfly, may you soar

Lita Verella

Copyright © Lita Verella 2015


Introduction: Copyright © Paul Beech 2015

From → Guest Blogs

  1. Maureen Weldon permalink

    “Butterfly, Broken Butterfly” by Lita Verella. This is a very moving, positive and informing poem. Until I read your poem Lita I had never heard of AVM.
    “Your course may be bothersome, often slow”
    “You’ll fly twice as high as before/ may you soar, butterfly, may you soar.”



    • Maureen, thank you. I also admire Lita’s brave and touching poem with its broken butterfly metaphor. Coming from an AVM survivor, I’m sure it will give hope to other AVM survivors that, with determination, they too will get their lives back on track in time.

      Lita, you are to be commended for your fundraising and awareness activities in the AVM field.

      Have a good weekend, both of you.

      My very best,


      • Paul, thank you for your kind comments, and for sharing this poem on your blog. I definitely hope to give hope to others, mostly with my writing, one day.
        Thanks, Lita

    • Hi Maureen – thanks so much for your kind comment. My goal is to publish a book of poems about my AVM journey, and to provide information on AVM since it is a hidden and rare disease.
      Thanks so much, Maureen. Have a wonderful week!
      Be well, Lita

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