Cocoon – Megha Sood

“and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”

― Ruskin Bond

Break the cocoon, crack the shell

come out of it alive and refreshed

you need a transformation

an inevitable change:

you need to come out of the chrysalis

so you can be colorful again


Break the cocoon, crack the shell

the claustrophobia is setting in

 you need to shift to make some space

you don’t want to be shoved into a corner

or cordoned off in a pen

you need your emotions to be alive

you need your feelings to take flight


Break the cocoon, crack the shell

the tightness in your chest

your labored breathing,

will stop your heart someday

you need to stretch your limitations

and broaden your horizons again


Break the cocoon, crack the shell

the misogyny, the patriarchy

the archaic rules:

can’t keep you down anymore

you need to give some breathing space

to the zealous life, you have been breathing for


Break the cocoon, crack the shell

scratch it hard don’t stop

don’t look at the broken nails

clutch and scrape your way out

so you can breathe 

in the fresh air again.


The needles in your back

will soon turn into wings

cuts and bruises will give

way to the new shapes

burst forth and fly away

into the endless sky,

you will soar again.


Break the cocoon

Crack the shell.



Photo by Chandler Hilken on Unsplash

Megha is a contributing author at GoDogGO Cafe, Candles Online, Whisper and the Roar and Poets Corner. Her works have been featured in GoDogGoCafe, Whisper and the Roar, Duane Poetree, Visual Verse, Vita Brevis, Little Rose Magazine,Writer’s Cafe, The Quiet Corner,Modern poetry, Spillword Press, Indian periodicals, Literary heist and coming up in Modern Literature, Poethead, KOAN(Paragon Press), Dime Show Review and many more. She recently won the 1st prize in NAMI NJ Dara Axelrod Mental Health Poetry contest.

She blogs at

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