Mortal Man

The caterpillar is a prisoner to the streets that conceived it.

It’s only job is to eat or consume everything that is around it

In order to protect itself from this mad city.

While consuming it’s environment,

The caterpillar begins to notice ways to survive

One thing it notices is how much the world

Shuns him but praises the butterfly.


Mortal Man!

Mortal Man!

The butterfly represents the talent, the thoughtfulness

And the beauty within the caterpillar.

But having a harsh outlook on life,

The caterpillar sees the butterfly as weak

And figures out ways to pimp it to it’s own benefits.

Already surrounded by this mad city, the caterpillar

Goes to work on the cocoon which institutionalizes him.

He can no longer see past his own thoughts: He’s trapped!

When trapped inside these walls, certain ideas start to take root,

Such as going home, and bringing back new concepts to this mad city.

The results? Wings begin to emerge, breaking the cycle of feeling stagnant.

Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on the situations that the caterpillar

Never considered, thus, ending the struggle.

Although the butterfly and the caterpillar are completely different,

They are one and the same.

P.S.: Please be informed that this work, being a lyrical adaptation from Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mortal Man’ – a track from his ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ album, is to be treated as an edited work by my person. Hence, I denounce all acknowledgments in whatsoever form and manner as the original author of this piece. A simple recognition as an editor would do justice to whatever effort I have put into the duplication of this work.
Ogunbayo Oladisun Oladimeji is a graduate of Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan. A prospective Postgraduate student of the same course in the same school. A Christian who believes in The Word and Christ. I write on almost everything that piques my interest, except motivational articles. I strongly favour political and economic analysis, hence I’m naturally predisposed to write on these. I love creative and logical thinking.

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