Wherein I fell prey to my own self,
Pleasant silky sessile cocoon,
Housed in my ego, my self-centered being,
A hardened self-woven shell!
Fed upon the leaf that was born upon,
As the gluttonous caterpillar, my ego I fed,
Ravenous ever, too big and prodigious,
Molting thus, discarding my virtuous self!
Entangled, entwined in the web spun around,
Contracted, held the shell so dear,
Buried deep under the burden,
Of my hard-earned tags!
For all that’s me, responsible I am,
Diligently work to be surrounded,
By the pleasant silky sessile cocoon!
Thoughts all converged, focus on me,
I, me, myself – is all that I could see,
My world revolved around but me,
The conqueror I was, superior to all, lesser to none!
Metamorphosed to an image, a day too soon,
Gave way to wings, no dormancy nor diapause,
Not mine though turned inwards furthermore,
My shell with time hardened still!
Thoughts spun as in a web, no shackles broken yet,
Forgot to remind me though,
To shed off the cocoon that sheltered long,
The narrow-minded, self-centered me!
The imago’s wings flutter open,
No more I hold myself slave,
Ready I am to let go off,
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
‘My Chrysalis’ is a poem depicting the self-centeredness and egoistic self which most of us become slave of at times. Introspection can help us shed off the Cocoon that we entrap ourselves in and helps us to free ourselves from the Chrysalis stage and fly freely like a beautiful butterfly.
Giti Tyagi (b. 1976, Karnal, India) is an Editor, Creative Artist, Author, Poetess and Reviewer from India. She is a former Senior Lecturer from MM University, Ambala, India and an Educational Consultant at Karnal, India. She is the author of the books ‘Priceless Pearls’, ‘Crossroads & Other Stories’ and 'The Ascent Of A New Dawn’. She is the Editor of ‘Beyond Corona: The Silver Lining’ and Translator of ‘Amma Boli’ (Hindi). Giti Tyagi’s poems, stories, articles, book reviews and translations have been published in reputed national and international magazines, journals, ebooks and anthologies, winning hearts of the readers of all age groups. Having won several competitions, she is an extremely popular story writer for children’s magazines. An avid reader, an observer of life and a lover of nature, her writings touch every aspect of life filled with the mellifluous tunes of space and time, the wonders of the beauty of nature, the hidden emotions that rule the human psyche. Her poetry continues to spread the fragrant aroma touching the hearts of the readers far and wide. Giti Tyagi was honoured, in 2019, for her contributions in the literary world.