The lyrics of this piece are initially based on the word butterfly in three languages – mariposa, farfalla, and papillon. The words first appear randomly fragmented into meaningless groups of syllables which gradually coalesce to form the phrase “I am butterfly” in the three languages. This secion represents emergence from the cacoon, or birth.
Then come the latin words for birth, flight and death, expressing the beautiful brevity of life.
The final section returns to “I am butterfly” started with defiant but fading strength until they become silent, representing the end of life’s cycle.
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