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With Folded Wings - S E White

With Folded Wings - S E White

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With Folded Wings (1947)
Stewart Edward White
Walk through your days as a creature with folded wings, consciousof the possession of another element and your ability to enter it.
"Caterpillar on the end of a twig; and he's even all the leaves and gotto the end of the twig; and he's crying, because all the food in theworld is eaten up, and the race of caterpillars is going to die! Besides,he's pushing out into the air in every direction, and he says he's foundout everything; no place else to go. It's only a little twig, too. And hethinks that if he dies there aren't going to be any more caterpillars!... Wait a minute, the caterpillar is saying something: that he doesn'tknow what's going to happen to the work of the Creator. Creator isn'tgoing to have anything more to do; He's finished; because he (thecaterpillar) was the Crowning Work, and when he's gone...."Never saw a caterpillar cry before--it's funny. Well, it's a tragedy.All the work of the Creator is coming to an end in the highest possiblething--and he's going to die! He says there'll be nobody to pass on hisenormous experience to! He's going to make a mummy case, and crawl intoit--no matter how the Creator feels about it. He'll do it to spite Him.He doesn't know he's going to be a butterfly. He's crying because he'ssorry for himself; he really believes he's sorry for God--all Hiswonderful creative work going to end! That's a sad picture!""Well," said the Invisible, "that's the way most of your sad pictureslook from this side.""There he goes, into his mummy case. He's shutting the door and saying:'That's that! I'll bet God'll be sorry that He fixed it so there'snowhere else for me to go--and nothing more for me to find out!' ...Bing! There's the door shut. And a little squeaky voice coming outsays.--'A-a-ll over!'"Damfool! He doesn't know how funny he is.""No damfool ever knows how funny he is," observed the Invisible."Crying because he doesn't know he's going to be a butterfly."
 "No, he wouldn't want to be a butterfly," concluded the Invisible,"because he's never been one!"

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