We emerged from our cocoons,
Heard laughter again
marveled at smiles
touched outstretched hands
reveled in freedom.
And our spirits soared.

2020-04-09 (2)

Day 9: National Poetry Month where the challenge is to write a poem every day in April.

Written for the prompt at Toads We are to use one of the scientific illustrations by Maria Sibylla Merian, artist and naturalist, to motivate our poem. Merian traveled to Suriname in South America in 1699. The trip was sponsored by the city of Amsterdam. Remarkably for the time, Maria traveled with her young daughter, but with no male companion.  In 1705, she published a book about the insect life of Suriname, Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium.  Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the first naturalists to draw insects from direct study. The poem is also written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, where today Frank asks us to write a 7 line poem. No other content or form restrictions. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us!

And to all my readers, stay safe and stay healthy!

26 thoughts on “Metamorphosis-19

  1. sanaarizvi April 9, 2020 / 11:16 am

    Beautifully rendered, Lillian! 😀 I can picture the “outstretched hands.”


  2. Ellecee April 9, 2020 / 12:05 pm

    This is lovely❣️❣️🙏


  3. Sherry Marr April 9, 2020 / 1:08 pm

    Yes, that will be a joyous emergence.


  4. Frank Hubeny April 9, 2020 / 3:21 pm

    I can see how the spirit of those caterpillars must have soared.


  5. kim881 April 9, 2020 / 3:27 pm

    I like what you’ve done with the title, Lill, and relish the thought of emerging from cocoons beautifully. Your seven-line poem is full of much-needed hope.


  6. Glenn A. Buttkus April 9, 2020 / 4:03 pm

    After digesting your comment of Tuesday, I’m glad to see the palpable hope shining through the gloom. I applaud you and hug you and hope you remain safe. I’m hunkered down tight.


  7. kanzensakura April 9, 2020 / 4:09 pm

    Yes. We will survive, although I see shaking hands as gone with the wind.I like hugging or nodding our heads at each other as the Japanese do. I love this poem, so full of hope! Maybe you remain safe along with your beloved family.

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  8. rothpoetry April 9, 2020 / 4:35 pm

    Beautiful Lillian! I love seeing the cocoons because then I know I will soon see some butterflies!
    A poem of freedom! Perfect four our time.

    …reveled in freedom.
    And our spirits soared.

    Hopefully we will soon do the same.


  9. Susie Clevenger April 9, 2020 / 4:37 pm

    Yes! Yes! So looking forward to that day!


  10. The Lonely Recluse April 9, 2020 / 5:28 pm

    I’m quite comfortable dozing in my cocoon at the moment =P. Although it will be nice to properly get out and about once we can emerge. Thanks for the lovely poem
    The Lonely Recluse


  11. memadtwo April 9, 2020 / 6:08 pm

    We do seem to be cocooning–I like that ending. (K)


  12. anthonyborderline April 9, 2020 / 6:24 pm

    It is amazing how this idea you describe with so beautiful skill, seems to be raising in other minds. This cocooning and coming out, into something new, I’ve read 4 such poems in under two days. I read it from peoples comments. And I am filled with hope, as I share the dream, have the same feeling. Funny how this seems to have such an effect, adversity makes us more positive and we tie up together. Enough to dream and we might get such narrative. Thank you for sharing.


  13. Kerry April 10, 2020 / 4:09 am

    An excellent metaphoric comparison. may we all emerge from our cocoons rejuvenated.


  14. sarahsouthwest April 10, 2020 / 4:29 am

    I love that small indrawn breath before “beautifully” – so that it becomes us emerging as beautiful butterflies (hard to imagine – the state of my hair already!!!) – but also the act of emerging that is beautiful. This is a real message of hope, Lillian.


  15. Victoria Stuart April 10, 2020 / 10:36 am

    Beautiful words, lovely sentiment. How the world of the cocoon gives little or no indication of the gorgeous reality to come!


  16. Truedessa April 10, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    You have expressed a lovely day of rejoicing.


  17. Raivenne April 10, 2020 / 1:57 pm

    Oh bravo! From winter into spring and someday soon from isolation to celebration. I adore this!


  18. Xan April 10, 2020 / 8:33 pm

    Here’s hoping.


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