I was flying so high,
up above the sky
when you pulled me down
into the sea to drown.
Care you not for my dreams?
They are obvious, or so it seems.

I was a free bird with a wish
and you turned me into a fish.
I knew nothing but swimming around,
dreaming of a sky above ground.
Soon, I came to terms with the sea,
but then you shaped me into a bee!

I had been a fish, silenced,
never a sound had I uttered.
Now, my own buzzing
gave me a headache so killing.
Flower to flower, I moved about.
Sick of myself, internally I did shout:
“Oh Providence, the cruel, you gave me nothing!
I wish, for once, you would change me to something
deserving of my Greatness
for the world to witness.”

A sinister Voice called back,
which I heard, scared, taken aback.
“Thy greatness deserves to complain as much as thy can
so We shall turn thee into a man!”


  1. freckledsillyproser · November 17, 2013

    You had me at metamorphosis. What a beautiful blog. I love your poetry.

    • anumshafique · November 17, 2013

      Thank you so much! =) I am glad you liked my poems! =)

  2. greenlifenow · November 17, 2013

    Awesome and floating!

  3. koalaraptor · November 17, 2013

    This is a beautiful and insightful poem. It’s kind of an anti-thesis to the story of genesis that the badger tells young Arthur in the novel The Sword in the Stone. The badger says that man is created based upon his humble nature, yet here it is man’s pride that earns him his form…

    • anumshafique · November 18, 2013

      That is an interesting interpretation. Although, it was not meant as an anti thesis to anything, you did hit the nail on the head as far as my intentions were concerned. Man was born out of pride and desire and lives only to complain of his misfortune. Ignoring the beauty of the present, living in the past, striving for the future. 🙂

      Thank you for your insightful comment! 🙂

      • koalaraptor · November 18, 2013

        Not that you meant it to be, but I find that all the more interesting. I’ll have to upload the excerpt soon, it’s a really cute story. Sadly though, I’d have to largely agree with your interpretation of the nature of man…

        • anumshafique · November 19, 2013

          Please do! Sounds very interesting.

  4. edgarone2 · November 18, 2013

    The excitement of metamorphosis. Is there a downside?

    • anumshafique · November 18, 2013

      Hahaha, well for this little bee, i suppose, there was. 🙂

  5. leaflet (anatomy) · November 19, 2013

    As I began reading, I was thinking this was a love poem and enjoyed the way you were exploring (what I thought was) the impact an overbearing lover can have on another, how those kinds of relationships can shape us. Then, coming to the end, I was excited to discover it was a kind of mythical type creation story- which in its own way could be a love story- between creator and an ungrateful race. I like how you’ve explored the idea, which is reminiscent of some of the Native American stories I’ve read. Enjoyed this.

    • anumshafique · November 19, 2013

      Thank you so much, I am glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed reading your interpretation of my poem. I am surprised it spoke so much and so well to someone. Thank you very much again. 🙂

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  7. AnElephantCant · December 7, 2013

    AnElephant thinks immediately of Franz Kafka, genius.
    Your take is powerful and gloomy, well written.

    • anumshafique · December 7, 2013

      Thank you so much AnElephant!

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