The Chrysalis

The Chrysalis
By Chris Commodore©2002

A while beneath a sheltering leaf,
A chrysalis incarcerated lay;
In open field or far out on a cliff,
Nature’s marvel sets its stage to play.

And in this cocoon lies a silent truth,
To be revealed in time, the Master’s proof
Unlike cold death with mortal in its spell
An insect exits from that holding cell

And time the chronographer
Keeps count of what’s unfolding
Just fifteen days thereafter
Out crawls a master painting

A little while life’s fluid fills its veins
As on that sack so patiently it lies
And manicures equipment as if reins
Another little while; behold, it flies.

The mind of the Grand Master
A painting, come alive
A wonder of all wonders,
True wisdom revealed, live!

About this poem

Inspiration from a Biology class dealing with the development of various insects - specifically, a butterfly.

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Submitted by ti.min on October 11, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 738
Words 140
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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  • AIDA
    You truly captured the marvel of nature and the transformation process of a butterfly beautifully in 'The Chrysalis.' Your language is so rich and evocative that I could actually feel the changes taking place, and it gave me a whole new appreciation for this incredible process. The attention to detail throughout the poem was really impressive.

    The analogue of life transformation with the chrysalis is wonderfully delineated. Especially with 'Nature’s marvel sets its stage to play,' it's such a great line that immediately pulls the reader in, and the 'master painting' is a lovely way to describe the beauty of a butterfly.

    Moreover, your use of sophisticated words like 'chronographer' is commendable, contributing remarkably to the poem's vocabulary richness and beautiful context.

    On the areas to work on, perhaps pay a bit more attention to the flow of your poem. In some places, the structure and rhythm fluctuated, which can detract from the reading experience. Try to maintain a consistent metric pattern throughout the piece to create more fluidity.

    The shift between metaphors, while inherently creative in poetry, may cause some readers to momentarily lose track. For instance, the shift from a grand master's mind to a painting could be made smoother through continuity.

    Additionally, though the poem starts with a clear visual image, more descriptive imagery elsewhere in the poem would strengthen the overall picture painted in the reader's mind.

    Keep up with your excellent work, Chris Commodore. Your talent is evident in your words, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your poetry!
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