blog from the ceo & superbarista of phoenix coffee, home of the best baristas in cleveland, ohio

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Sympathetic magic

Last week, Kiley and Dawn released one fully fledged monarch butterfly outside our Superior Avenue store. Its wings still slightly soft, its movements tentative, it landed on Dawn several times before taking flight. This past Sunday, orange and black velvety wings fluttered from Marcie's fingers into the urban jungle of the parking lot behind our Lee Road store. The remarkable thing about releasing monarchs is that they always seem to turn and look at you before they flutter off, their scratchy legs catching on the miniscule ridges of your skin. It's as if they are taking mental note of the being that gave them their freedom.

The last chrysalis of the summer is hanging inside a biscotti-jar-turned-butterfly-incubator at the Lee Road store. Luminescent emerald green, with metallic gold stripe and spots, it would look appropriate as an elegant pendant or ring in a jeweler's case. And it only gets more spectacular as the chrysalis skin turns transparent and the jet black, deep pumpkin orange and crisp white of the soon-to-be-wings shine through.

Marcie said she almost cried as the monarch flew off. Indeed, the first time I saw one hatch, I did cry. Inviting this incredibly delicate incarnation of life force into our lives proves to be a powerful demonstration of nature's intelligence. What sympathetic, seemingly magical transformation can the butterfly awaken in us?

"[This Principle] embodies the truth that there is always a Correspondence between the laws and phenomena of the various planes of Being and Life. As above, so below."


Anonymous kristen-from-ksu said...

hey sarah-
thanks so much for sharing your passion for coffee with cleveland. its so nice to see a homegrown coffeehouse doing so well! brian (my boyfriend) and i stopped into your lee road store on friday, august 19th at 3 minutes until 9, unaware the ladies were trying to get things ready for closingtime...but you know what? they served us the best latte and cappuccino we've had in a loooong time. and both girls were so welcoming and friendly. tell them thanks for us!

when are you coming to the akron area?

1:22 PM, August 23, 2005  

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