Sunday, 1 November 2015

A Caterpillar To A Butterfly- A Poetic View

I've always been a fan of Kendrick Lamar as an artist and what he represents, especially with his "to pimp a butterfly" album. I took a second listen to his song "mortal man", off the album . After his interview with the late great 2pac, he read out a poem that had such a profound effect on me that i decided to share and let it inspire you as, it did me. The poem reads:

“The caterpillar is a prisoner to the streets that conceived it
Its only job is to eat or consume everything around it, in order to protect itself from this mad city
While consuming its environment the caterpillar begins to notice ways to survive
One thing it noticed is how much the world shuns him, but praises the butterfly
The butterfly represents the talent, the thoughtfulness, and the beauty within the caterpillar
But having a harsh outlook on life the caterpillar sees the butterfly as weak and figures out a way to pimp it to his own benefits


Already surrounded by this mad city the caterpillar goes to work on the cocoon which institutionalizes him
He can no longer see past his own thoughts
He’s trapped
When trapped inside these walls certain ideas take roots, such as going home, and bringing back new concepts to this mad city
The result?
Wings begin to emerge, breaking the cycle of feeling stagnant
Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations that the caterpillar never considered, ending the internal struggle
Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same."
This s**t fells so Deep every time i listen or read it. The poetic analogy is what gets me..I feel this is what the greatest men in history all have in common- the ability to take a step back, be a prisoner of their thoughts, grow, and incite a change from the norm when they return home

What do you make of this?..

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