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The Story of the Caterpillar and the Serpent: A Poem of Struggle and Freedom

Updated on January 14, 2012

The Caterpillar and the Serpent

The caterpillar crawled along the crooked branch and ate of a green leaf.

The serpent slithered nearby and cunningly spoke against the little one's belief.

You think that YOU could be a butterfly? Not all caterpillars make it you know. You'll never form a cocoon in time—you're moving much too slow!

The caterpillar imagined tasting of the nectar in a beautiful flower,

As he tried to ignore the words that he heard, lest he give them more power.

Even if you manage to spin that cocoon, do you know what will happen inside?

You'll fall apart—you'll turn to mush—you come undone and lose your pride.

The caterpillar shuddered at the thought of such darkness, where no light could come in and shine.

But he remembered the flight of the butterfly and the beauty of her design.

Even if you make it through falling apart, you'll be so weak that you won't make it out!

No one will be there to help you break through your cocoon, but I'll help you if to me you will shout.

The Darkness

The caterpillar wove his cocoon and in darkness he sat while he waited.

He felt tired and sore and uncomfortable and was tempted to become frustrated.

See, you are all alone. Nobody cares but me.

Come out, dear caterpillar, come out. And with you I will share this grand tree.

The caterpillar felt as if he was coming undone—a sting of rejection bit at his heart…

Had he been foolish to believe he could change? And then he began to fall apart…

Just as the darkness was at its brightest, and the caterpillar was at its slightest…

A new creation was born and there was a weaving together of new where old pieces had been torn…

Let me cut a hole in your cocoon—I'll help you to make it out, pain-free and with ease!

Don't try to squeeze out on your own, that would be foolish, the snake teased.

But the little one knew he was not to accept help from this foe.

He knew there was a gift is this struggle of old.

I'll eat you when you come out—for I am bigger than you!

You better stay in there or your life will be through, the serpent spewed.

The Butterfly and The Light

As the little one squeezed through the cocoon, the water was squeezed out of his wings.

He emerged into the light, and prepared to take flight, and was not intimidated by such foolish things.

You are a caterpillar—you cannot fly!

Come down right now or you'll fall and you'll die!

Be quiet and speak no more, you foul creature who lies.

You may be bigger than I, but on that branch you must stay, for it is I who freely flies.

You are only a caterpillar, sooner or later you will fall.

And guess who will be here to catch you? I'll impede even your pathetic crawl.

I am not a caterpillar, for if I was, the liar would be right.

I am a butterfly, destined for beauty and to soar to a heavenly height!

In the darkness of the cocoon, I encountered the transforming light.

In the struggle of my exit, I developed the strength for flight.

And I will behold a beauty that will never rest in your sight.

For I will fly forever into the sunshine, while you will be confined to that cursed branch, into an endless night.

And with that the butterfly flew away and never, ever looked back.

For he knew who he was and where he was going and never again, by the snake, was attacked.


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      Anan Celeste 3 years ago from California

      What a wonderful story! Beautifully depicted! Blessings

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      Jenna Ditsch 4 years ago from Illinois

      @Faith Reaper: Thank you! Very much appreciate it. Blessings to you as well!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful and clever write here. I enjoyed reading it very much.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless.

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Lisa Eva Gold 4 years ago from South Florida

      Beautifully written! I voted up on this.

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      Jenna Ditsch 5 years ago from Illinois

      @Michael Beskalis: Thank you! Your comment made me smile. I'm SO glad you enjoyed this. I just checked out your page and saw some interesting things on there--I'm going to come back and check some more out! I will keep writing--thanks for the encouragement. :=)

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      Michael Beskalis 5 years ago from San Francisco

      ummm you really got me worried for the butterfly.. the way you wrote this is freaken amazing. seriously. i kept reading telling myself oh please dont listen to him! you drew me in. please dont stop writing. voted up!!

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      Jenna Ditsch 5 years ago from Illinois

      @ Midnight Lights: Thank you for your comment! Regarding the last line, I meant attack as in verbal attack and that is why I used the word "again." Both of your suggestions are good words, but they don't rhyme with "back" so if I change the last line, I'll have to change the line before it. Let me mull this over when I get a little more time to see if there is a way I can create more clarity and still keep the rhyme. I appreciate your feedback!

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      Midnight Lights 5 years ago from USA

      Very inspiring. So true to life and the evil in it lying to achieve something. But the last line: "For he knew who he was and where he was going and never again, by the snake, was attacked." The caterpillar never actually was attacked was he? If not, I'd say removing "again" out of that sentence would be more fitting, or instead of attacked put harassed (or something along those lines). The caterpillar was merely "tempted", "deceived", but not "physically attacked" as it represents. Overall though, great story/poem.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 6 years ago from Mason City

      Your welcome.

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      Jenna Ditsch 6 years ago from Illinois

      @ gail64: Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I need to be reminded of that message often. :)

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 6 years ago from Mason City

      That's a very beautiful poem. The caterpillar came out really good-good thing the caterpillar didn't listen to the snake. It's good to be wise about foes that lie. I voted up. Beautiful photos!

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      Jenna Ditsch 6 years ago from Illinois

      @ Tenkay: Oh yay! So glad this poem helped you to have a good start to your day! That makes me so happy--a good end to my night. :-)

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      TENKAY 6 years ago from Philippines

      This made me teary... a beautiful poem to start my day. I am less scared now. Thank you very much.

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      Jenna Ditsch 6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks to the last several who have posted such a kind comment! It can be hard to keep up with replying in the midst of everything else--but I do appreciate your kind words. This is probably one of my favorite things I've written--it is a great reminder to myself to keep going and not to look back. :-) Take Care!

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      videogameviking 6 years ago from California

      Great story and message!

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      bettybarnesb 6 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Reading your testimony and this hub was a wonderful experience. You have such a beautiful spirit and it will be a pleasure to follow you.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Wnderful and has to have an up up and away.

      I now look forward to reading many more from you.

      Take care


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      raciniwa 6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      amazingly beautiful poem of struggle and survival...only the first step is the hardest but once you've overcome the struggle the fruit of labor is beautiful...

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      calico Stark 6 years ago from Earth for the time being

      LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT! Absolutely beautiful my dear Sister! I can't wait to read it to my kids. Such truth!

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      Jenna Ditsch 6 years ago from Illinois

      @Lifegate: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate your faithful commenting and encouraging me on my writing! :-)

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      I loved the way you interwove the poetry with the story. And the pics were beautiful, too. Thanks for the post.

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      Jenna Ditsch 6 years ago from Illinois

      @ Dave Matthews: Thank you! I hope your remember your "wings" the next time the enemy lies to you. :-)

      @ Brian: I'm so glad this was inspiring! I know that I believed I was a "caterpillar" for years, even though God said I was a new creation and I could fly above all the attempts of the enemy to intimidate and lie. What freedom I found when I actually started to agree with God instead of the enemy regarding my true identity! Sometimes my wings get tired, but that's when Holy Spirit is as a wind and lets me just rest and soar. Thanks for your comment--I hope your day is great!

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      Brian Loewer 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Absolutely Beautiful! Seek- I loved this... So inspiring, So charming, So TRUE! You've really captured the essence of what it's like to reach our potential, ignoring the lies of the enemy and focusing on the Life we were intended to have. This was so smart and relative, what a great encouragement for me this morning. Thanks for the awesome hub! -Brian

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Seek: Voted UP and BEAUTIFUL thank you I liked it alot.