Transformation

I was reborn today
not the first time, nor the last
but remarkable just the same

like the butterfly I had to say good bye
to my cocoon
all the things that have encased me
coddled me, cradled me
the things that kept me safe

and to those darker things that shackled me
depressed me, suppressed me

but toughest
I had to peel away all the ways I belittle myself
the thoughts I keep that keep me small

the suck it up and hold it in thoughts
the walk softly and speak sweetly thoughts
the don’t boast, don’t brag, your bad thoughts

the you can’t add, can’t see, can’t sing thoughts
and how dare you celebrate your own wings thoughts

I had to unwind and rip and tear
I had to kick my tiny butterfly feet and beat my fists
and rage against the cage built of old beliefs

I didn’t want to get to know them
understand them, not even dismantle them
I chose to blow them to smithereens
with the power of my new unfolding wings

and like a baby bursting forth with a cry
I took to the sky cheered on by the cheerful maiden
to stretch my wings and glide beside the glassy waterfalls

and over the glow of rows of enlightened yogis
and into the eye of a white sun
till I became the light myself and my old self was burnt away
the heavy earthbound stage of yesterday had to be shed

for I was reborn today

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34 comments on “Transformation

  1. claudia says:

    oh i’m glad you found those wings… sometimes it’s a tough process but well worth the struggle
    welcome back

  2. First of all.. I hope all that visit listen to your reading.. so good, and you add so much with the intonation.. Then I had to say it’s sad when we have to fight both the outer demons, and the one that lurks inside… I love the ending here.

  3. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Often we give in to change and transform according to rules and norm.

  4. jewel grey says:

    I am especially drawn to these lines:

    “and rage against the cage built of old beliefs”
    “and over the glow of rows of enlightened yogis / and into the eye of a white sun”

  5. Mary says:

    Being reborn feels good! I think that during a person’s lifetime each should welcome the opportunity to be reborn at least a few times!

  6. Grace says:

    I love the powerful affirmation and these lines struck me the most:

    I chose to blow them to smithereens
    with the power of my new unfolding wings

    Good to see you back ~

  7. What a lovely and inspiring poem about transformation!

  8. X says:

    Rage against the cage of our old beliefs. True that.
    We def have to change the script that we read to ourselves
    because our words will tear us apart quicker even than that
    of others. We usually repeat what we have heard though.

    Welcome back.

  9. Sumana Roy says:

    love this celebration of new birth…powerful…

  10. kanzensakura says:

    This is the first time I have read your work and many are saying welcome back. I’ll say – good to meet you! Sometimes we do struggle finding our wings but oh! it is so good when we do. And sometimes, we do need to blast those old beliefs – especially the ones that hold us back – to smithereens. Here’s to those wings!

  11. Gabriella says:

    The beginning of your poem made me think of the idea of falling and getting up again, something we need to do physically but also often metaphorically.

  12. Rebornevernow..
    neverbe
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    @ALL
    sosAd
    soMe
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    @ALL
    nOrLife
    noRDeath
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    CoffiNow..:)

  13. C.C. says:

    This is phenomenal. I love it. I want to frame it and put it on my wall—-it’s that amazing. I can’t even pick a favorite part!! The whole thing is breathtaking. And your reading….wow….definitely powerful with the expression you add to the words.

  14. Abhra says:

    Truly reflective and a lot of soul connect – and I love this

    I had to peel away all the ways I belittle myself
    the thoughts I keep that keep me small

  15. Yes I’m definitely my worst critic it seems. But I’m learning 🙂 Thank you so much for the read.

  16. M says:

    you have a certain – lilt? expressiveness? hopefulness? in the tonality of your voice. perhaps it’s in accordance with the pen itself, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s also in your everyday ~

    • Hmmm, not sure. I’ve written dark or sad pieces and I doubt I sounded hopeful in those. This poem was written about a meditation I had, so that delicious feeling is bound to come through 🙂 Thanks for reading/listening to my stuff. Feels good to be heard.

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