Butterflies are never ugly

Hopping from flower to flower,

Wrapped in a rainbow of your own,

O my dear creature of beauty,

Reveal to me your secret unkown


I’ve met your siblings, your babies,

Your neighbours, your better half,

Such outstanding beauty you all possess,

In your aura, I all but gaffe


Seating herself gracefully on a leaf,

She folded her hands gently and said,

Ever given it a conscious thought?

If not, roll it around now in your head


No butterfly is ever ugly, you know,

But that is what we have become,

After a long journey, not so pretty,

What you see now, is its sum


We were not always bright like this,

Ugly we were, all mottled and grey,

Cramped together, fighting to survive,

In one place, a group of larvae


Change we did, with time and toil,

Overcoming our our ugly skin,

Spring we do lovely colourful wings,

And a new life we begin


Butterflies are never ugly,

For they go through a tough spell,

Having fought it all and making it,

In their beauty, they now revel




  1. DDey said,

    September 10, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Absolutely brilliant!! And beautifully motivating! Great job Pritz…as usual!! 🙂

  2. September 10, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Brilliant! Period.

  3. Karthik said,

    September 10, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Lovely poem Pritesh ! 🙂 really enjoyed it … Hope to see you blogging frequently again 🙂

  4. geetha said,

    September 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

    as an ecologist, unfortunately, I find all stages of the butterfly beautiful :P. But lovely metaphor 🙂

  5. laasya said,

    September 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    i didnt understand most of it..but particularly liked the bit about the ugly skin and colourful wings! 🙂

  6. madhurima said,

    September 12, 2011 at 5:43 am


  7. Pritesh said,

    September 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Thanks DDey, Madhurima and Shamit……….
    Thanks Karthik, I sure hope I will be penning things more often 🙂
    Laas, I think you need a break from Lab 🙂
    And ya Geetha, I can see what you mean 🙂 Thanks anyway 🙂

  8. September 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    cool stuff!!!

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