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The Butterfly (Stages)

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Metamorphosis; to transform or to change, like a cocoon waiting in vain, longing to break out the shelter that engulfs. For why does it take a lifetime in comparison? And when it finally does, everyone else has grownup into colorful creatures, with wings that takes them to various places. To plan out and experience the universe’s provident. The news then came hitting the caterpillar in the head, to remain a caterpillar for one more day in God’s eye. This, the equivalence to a thousand years in the caterpillar’s eye.

 

The caterpillar was fortunate enough as it was used to a life of hardships and disappointments. In which it tried to accept the disparity and unfairness of life.  Hence it didn’t hurt him as much as it would others. There he stood there with his eight legs out of which only three would remain. Resisting from thinking, He ate and ate and ate on the milkweed. Feeling heavy and saddened by the thought, he then shed his skin and would again do so several more times later during his life as a caterpillar. He went on a long journey leaving all that he knew…until he was ready for a new leaf.

 

He reached there fatigued as his journey was intricate and thorny. He hung down the leaf and slept a sleep that at first lasted for days and subdued into weeks, followed by months and what appeared to be years. Without realizing it he was in pupa, He slept so long that he was wrapped around silk, in a green like thing called chrysalis.

 

Finally after long period, the once caterpillar metamorphosed into a colorful butterfly. But instead of being in delight he started to cry.

 

 He was looked on by another butterfly, possibly a potential mate. Immediately his neighbor who was at first excited to greet him, now asked him, ‘why! Had a nightmare didn’t we now?’ she questioned him with a look of genuine concern in her eyes. He then replied still sobbing, ‘it actually was a pleasant one, a dream of pleasantries filled with happiness and devoid of neediness.’ She looked at him in disbelief, and proceeded in asking, ‘so why then cry instead of smile, why cry when it was merry?’ he looked at her, ‘because of the inability for it to ever realize or come true’ he said.

 

A huge moth then came and landed on the leaf they were on. The female butterfly flew away saving herself. Leaving him alone with the moth. The moth neared him and started with a punch to the newly constructed butterfly’s face and continued hitting it till the butterfly was bleeding all over.

 

The butterfly cried out loud, “this life is unfair for some people no matter what stage they’re in!”

 

He then started abusing drugs and substances, he hallucinated on being happy, to escape from reality. Until one day he met with a wise man and turned his life around. He continued his life wishing to live happily ever after.

 

With that the clip ended. The class stood up with rejoice and an uproar of joy. They applauded frantically and some even cried touched by the story.

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Alam

Often seen as cold, bitter and distant but in reality is cool, sweet and not very distant..haha Sometimes I feel like saying what Kierkegaard said, People understand me so poorly that they even dont understand my complain about them not understanding me. On the other hand often I assume of understanding people completely...so i guess its a given or an irony or something else..depends on how you see it..
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