Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Changing For The Better

Your Bright Eyes

Metamorphosis is a biological process by which an animal physically develops after birth or hatching, involving a conspicuous and relatively abrupt change in the animal's body structure through cell growth and differentiation. Some insects, amphibians, molluscs, crustaceans, Cnidarians, echinoderms and tunicates undergo metamorphosis, which is usually accompanied by a change of habitat or behavior.

Scientific usage of the term is exclusive, and is not applied to general aspects of cell growth, including rapid growth spurts. References to "metamorphosis" in mammals are imprecise and only colloquial, but historically idealist ideas of transformation and monadology, as in Goethe's Metamorphosis of Plants, influenced the development of ideas of evolution.

Sometimes changes really are radical. Some of us know this to be fact. Metamorphosis may be emotionally precise to the nearly overnight change that can happen to the human heart.

The love of one drunk for another is like this sometimes.

Changing For The Better

In reaching to scratch
the itch on my blade I felt
the seam's sudden split
and it spilled out new.

I am born of this young wing,
born of wind and love,
born of yearning breath,
of voice and of your bright eyes,
the way you touch me.

December 18, 2009 8:42 AM


  1. beautifully rendered... and the preamble was just right.

    ... can totally relate to the one drunk to another... yes, indeed.

  2. Beautiful Christopher, watching a human being morph from one 'body' to the next is an amazing thing that not very many have the opportunity to view. I enjoy the your interpretation. Thanks for sharing!

  3. The good that comes from the bad reminds me of the reclaiming process the fungi do in the forest and the worms do in the garden. There are facets of living systems involved in reclamation. That is very good news for derelicts who can avail themselves of a painful but successful metamorphosis. This is as I have written an accurate if not scientific use of the term. There are many people who know what metamorphosis feels like. It feels exactly like what you would expect of a process that dissolves your insides to soup and reassembles you over a short period of time.

    People who actually recover from addictions and other forms of mental illness know what I mean. So do survivors of disastrous love affairs and other total commitments gone bad so long as the process of departure is a short and intense one. Metamorphosis happens.


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