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prompt 160 Metamorphosis

June 5, 2013

This week, your protagonist reaches a turning point. Remember the children’s book called “The Hungry Caterpillar”? I loved that book. Having eaten its fill, the caterpillar sheds its exoskeleton and becomes a chrysalis. The world has lots of chrysalises. Sometimes it feels like the time you spend being a chrysalis is simply enormous. Anyway, as with the chrysalis, the protagonist undergoes an internal transformation. Your poem will be concerned with the process of deconstruction and reconstruction. How it feels like is entirely up to you. Your approach can be scientific, spiritual or organic. Your protagonist has overcome some psychic battle. The world as he/she knew it has collapsed as an illusion. Then he/she comes out of a chyrsalis. What doesn’t cause you to go rigor mortis permanently makes you stronger. There is, lo and behold, an aesthetic outcome because the butterfly is such a thing of beauty. Let your poem describe the amazing process of rebirth. Well, that doesn’t preclude the possibility that your protagonist may not fit the butterfly paradigm. She could be transformed into the Black Swan. Only when she lost the illusion of safety dancing the White Swan did she perfect the art of metamorphosis.

So this is already the seventh poem in the series. We’re working on ten prompts for the series. As said previously, you may choose to write selectively to any prompt as if it’s a stand alone prompt or you may choose to write a series of poems on the protagonist (and his/her supporting cast as you see fit). The choice is yours. You are not compelled to write ten poems on the protagonist. Only if you want to.
Please link your poem to this post once it’s written. You have all week to write. Next Thursday, we’ll see you for a new prompt. Like we said, you are free to write a series or treat these prompts as separate jumping off points for a new poem. However, if you choose to write a series, then the idea is that the protagonist will somehow tie all your poems together so there’s a kind of storyline going on. You are taking your protagonist on a journey one prompt at a time.

  1. June 5, 2013 3:46 am

    I actually had this part and put it as a continuation but it works here I think

  2. June 5, 2013 4:04 am

    Wrote this a while back…it’s so nebulous! Sigh, no black swan..

  3. June 5, 2013 12:11 pm

    I wrote this one last week – it is a continuation of a more or less continuous transformation of my Poseidon protagonist.

    • June 5, 2013 5:13 pm

      Nice squiggles Jules. I need to take a breath first.

  4. June 5, 2013 4:14 pm

    Yes, and no

  5. June 5, 2013 5:12 pm

    Oh my, you poets swift as arrows.

  6. June 5, 2013 10:31 pm

    I like that Aunt Sister remains. Not sure she’s fiction!

  7. June 7, 2013 9:47 am

    In this episode, a hero becomes less heroic, but rich famous.

    • June 9, 2013 5:01 pm

      Atmospheric in its turning point, Marian. (comment could not register on blog)

  8. June 9, 2013 5:55 pm

    Just a shout out for you chrysalises out there…the 99 percenters. 🙂

  9. June 9, 2013 7:35 pm

    Mine should work. It is more of a metamorphosis of the mind.

  10. June 10, 2013 10:45 am

    This week, Anteekwa Learns the Meaning of Her Name.


  11. June 11, 2013 2:36 pm

    I am not sure where Marlene is going, but she is hanging in there.

  12. June 12, 2013 8:05 pm

    Murphy’s First Bath (perhaps an organic change)

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