The Caterpillar

March 16, 2012
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I, the humblest animal of the animal kingdom,
The bottom of the food chain
I do not have much power, so
I look at other animals with envy
They each have a special trait
Something that defines who they are
The gift given to them by
Mother Nature
The eagle with its powerful sharp talons
The deer with their speed and grace
The fish with their magical gills
The lion, the most magnificent of all,
The king of the wildlife
Standing proud like a victorious general
All these animals have something to be proud of
I ask myself
What do I have to offer?
I am but a caterpillar
I am not that special or strong
But, alas, my moment of glory and
My spotlight performance will come
When I pass on from the state of
When I become a butterfly
A vision of beauty and elegance
I will be fulfilled
And be able to explore the world
Embarking on my journey
Flying high with pride
The dream of a new beginning
My future is bright
There is still hope
Hope that one day I will become
Just as special as the other animals
But for now, patience is my one quality I am proud of
Patience is what defines me and
Who I am

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Deej6595 said...
Nov. 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm
This is a niece piece. I like the theme of feeling like you don't contriubte but, the ending was  nice when the caterpillar realised that they at least have patience.
VelaneDeBeaute This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 18, 2012 at 9:35 am
Incredible! This was just so good. There was depth, a freedom of expression and the intricacy of observation. Loved it! <3 :) 
theatregirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm
Love it! it was deep! it wasn't to strict or too free verse. it was actually how poem should be!
Maggz said...
Oct. 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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Sept. 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Best poem ever!!!! Who knew how good teens could write oh yeah me!!!!!!
Mimi15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm
This was so powerful. You're a fantastic writer. If you don't mind, I'd love to hear your opinion of my poem Broken Structure. Cheers. :)
sbets said...
Jul. 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Beautiful! The caterpillar's longing is clear and it is something all can relate to.

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Evyfan111 said...
Jun. 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm
I liked this. This is similar to my poem Rise Above that I wrote for my best friend. I would appreciate it if you would check it out and tell me what you think. :)
satellite23 said...
Jun. 23, 2012 at 9:23 am
Very nice, I liked it. In fact, it feels as though I coul've wrote it myslef, which means that it is something special. Those are the poems that become famous...something that could be written by anybody.
SentimentalSally said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm
This poemmade me cry! It was truely a masterpiece!!!!!!!
MikeDaMan said...
Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Good job!This poem is very inspirational!
Bob234 said...
Apr. 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm
I love this poem! Great Job!
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