You had to build the cocoon as your sanctuary
In order to find your new self in tranquility
As you transformed, the sanctuary became the enemy
Demolishing your home turned out to be your first duty

Don’t worry, you will be okay
You didn’t belong there anyway
Embrace life, or else you will be cast away
Remember, you have only a single day

You are now like a newborn star in dreams
Behold your beauty and elegant limbs
Feel the air flow by you, flip your wings
Taste the drops of life on the leaves

I wish I were you, just like a baby
My smiles could buy world’s sympathy
And my cries would enslave everybody
Each day, sailing towards a new discovery

But, what is it that you are still searching in pain?
Don’t tell me all this splendor is in vain
You are a blossom in the air, don’t be insane
I cannot reason your ceaseless disdain

Oh butterfly, you have woken me up
Is this face mine or is it makeup
Or, am I you in my dream? Reality is messed up
After a life-long delusion, I need a clean up

I am now seeking a beauty
One that I saw in a dream I don’t remember
From one flower to another, alas I cannot find it.
I am starving, how am I going to survive?

But my yearning for the beauty becomes my food.
A beauty whose absence is so powerful,
I cannot even imagine reunion with it,
A beauty that is with me, but I am far from it.


Sermed Ogretim is a professor of aerospace engineering at Gediz University, Izmir.
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