Black is Beautiful!! – By Prachi Singh

Written this poem about my love for butterflies and how it brought a transformation in me.

You’re adopted the kid shouted,
Existence of humanity, i really doubted
Your sister is so fair and you are so dark
The world never failed to make this remark

Spending all pocket money made me feel like a jerk
Bcoz Beauty masks, fairness creams and powders didn’t really work
I didn’t realise when i started developing inferiorities
Back then, beauty was my only priority

Then happened this life altering episode
Which became an important milestone
In biology class we were taught about butterfly’s life cycle
Never knew it was going to change my life’s title

Transformation of an ugly catterpillar
To a gorgeous butterfly
This metamorphisis
became my favourite past time

The wings of beauty was all i wanted
However, the ugly dark skin always haunted
One fine day i took an oath
To unveil the mystery of butterfly’s beauty and growth

I enquired my gardener for a possible host plant
For which i bothered my all uncles and aunts
And finally bought a lemon tree
Which luckily had eggs three

Placed them in a bottle with a tight lid
And Raised them like my own kid
Every night read them bed time stories
Starting From 7 dwarfs to finding dory

4 days later out came the catterpillar
This was my life’s most amazing thriller
Leaves and leaves they ate a lot
Wanted a perfect summer and weather so hot

Food and sleep was their hobby
Their names were Sunny, Abhay and Bobby
From brown to black and finally green
The transformation process was just too serene

And then one fine day they locked them selves
In their own world in their own shelves
My brother told me its called cocoon
He had seen this in one of the cartoons

All i did was to pray
As i watched them silently lay
Now i was eager to see the end
Bcoz that was suppose to mend
All the worries all the struggles
Everything that became a hurdle

Out came the butterfly
Nd with that i was unable to stop my cry
Rushed to call my neighbours
Acted as if i have gone through labor

I claimed to be their mother
Nd didn’t let it be touched by others
Her beauty was just undisputable
But one boy called her black and beautiful

And that just changed me forever
The fight to look fair and better
The beauty that i was running behind
Was the beauty of the dumb and the blind

Black was no more the color of shame
It too became the color of fame!!
It too became the color of fame!!


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Prachi has been nurturing butterflies from 15 years and have raised close to 500 of them. What started as an experiment resulted into a life long passion. Raised fee species such Common Mormon, Lime Butterfly, Plain Tiger and few species of moths such as Oleander Hawk and Marigold moth.

3 thoughts on “Black is Beautiful!! – By Prachi Singh

  • mm
    September 22, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Environmentally Inspired it could be!But environmental Literature?!
    Puneetji you are wearing eco friendly spectacles!?

  • mm
    September 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    प्राची की सुंदर कविता पोस्ट करने के लिए पुनीत जी का धन्यवाद

    हम सब वाह्य रूप रंग को लेकर अनावश्यक रूप से चिंतित और बहुधा व्यथित रहते हैं । कृष्ण ने कैसे इस व्यथा से मुक्ति पाई, कैसे अपना ट्रांसफॉर्मेशन किया, कैसे metamorphos कर एक ग्वाले के पुत्र से एक statesman में तब्दील हुए और फिर ईश्वरत्व के दर्शन सब को कराए यह मनन करने योग्य है ।

    Black is beautiful indeed.

    जसोमति मैय्या से बोले नंद लाला राधा क्यों गोरी मैं क्यों काला

    And no God incarnate has been pleasantly commented upon by innumerable poets lyricists writers classes and masses than Krishna.

    Black with all its shades.

    अपनी तमाम उपमाओं के संग श्याम कभी घन श्याम बनते हैं जल लाते हैं तो कभी राधा और मीरा के श्याम बनते हैं और प्रेम के भौतिक लौकिक और पारलौकिक रूपों में प्रगट होते हैं

    हर मानव उसी श्याम (read black color) के रंग में रंगने को आतुर है

    रंगों के त्योहार भी उसी सांवरे रँग को समर्पित हैं

    यही सांवरा जब गीता का ज्ञान देता है तो इस से बड़ा पर्यावरण प्रेमी दूसरा नहीं मिलेगा

    “पत्रम पुष्पम फलम तोयम यो में भक्त्या प्रयच्छति
    तदहं भक्ति उपहृतम अश्नामी प्रयतात्मनः”


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