We are insects which need to go through metamorphosis



Trials of adjustment,
Always adapting and
Attempting to fit in.

Fears and challenges,
Through different

Trying not to repel or
Disgust those
who Judge.

Creatures in the
“rat race” of Life,
Traveling through,
Finding ways to

Based on Franz Kafka,
“The Metamorphosis,”
Character, Gregor Samsa,
Traveling salesman.
Main breadwinner
For 3 family members ~
Mother, Father and Sister.

Transformed into large,
Ugly bug-like creature.
Considered a “monster,”
No longer able to work
and support family.

Sister, Greta, violinist
with dreams. Brother’s
change means adaptation.
She must become salesgirl.

Sympathetic mother
Desires spending time
with beloved son, Gregor.
Attempts to overcome
Her fears and repulsion.

Father, strict + disappointed,
Wishes berated son to
Change back and
Take responsibility.
He views son with disgust.


Franz Kafka’s book,
“The Metamorphosis”
Written in 1915,
In German language.

Published by
Kurt Wolff Verlag
In Leipzig,
Austria – Hungary.

Influenced by twentieth
century work conditions,
echoing frustration and
rage, industrial revolution
and women’s liberation.

This novella,
Short story,
“Seminal work,”
Absurdist fiction,
Considered a


Insect photograph,
taken by reocochran.
Research conducted by
Robin Oldrieve Cochran.

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43 responses »

      • It’s hard sometimes to add something that isn’t going to “explain” what you already did (very nicely). I actually don’t often comment much on poetry because the poet does such a masterful job and I’m left with “nice” or “nicely done” The other option is to try and add/extend your meaning and I’m pretty sure I’ll get that wrong .

      • I am a little bit presumptuous when I comment, Dan. I have found my perception to be “off” so cab understand your difficult position. I am never good at sarcasm so when I say I liked someone’s “nice” this is true. 🙂

  1. I read the book in my teens, question of having to read it for school. But I loved it and read almost everything of Kafka thereafter. There is another one that I really like (in a nighmarish kind of way): The trial…the feeling of being accused of something and you don’t know what you’ve done wrong…terrible. But I have never touched a Kafka again once I entered my twenties…maybe I should and see what happens now that I am in my fifties? xxx Eva

    • Eva, I think your art work sometimes shows depths of emotions found in stories. You are a talented artist. I missed some of your posts. Thank you for mentioning “The Trial,” you explained it very well. As you said, it would be terrible to not know why you are accused and what you have done. Like “Metamorphosis” this book covers our insecurities and society’s sanctions (or judgements) upon us. Hope you have been not too sad. Paris has really made us all realize we need to lean on each other. Hugs, Robin

    • Marissa, no shame allowed here. 🙂 I read this book way back in the “dark ages” in middle school. I did look back upon it as a metaphor for how society places rules and sanctions on our behavior. It is no mistake that the man, Gregor, was a business man. That arena has multiple pressures. I like your final comment and agree.

      • You seem like someone who enjoys books and I can see classics being part of your background and interests. I am not an expert, since the oldest kids I taught were seventh graders. Lol

  2. Your poetic vignette makes a strong case for reading the classics. I keep telling myself, now that I have the luxury of time, that I should read or reread some of the great literary works – James Joyce, Hemingway, Melville, Kipling. Heck, I have most of these classics on my Calibre reader from the archives of the Guttenberg Collection. – Mike

    • I liked Rudyard Kipling and did finish Moby Dick but I think my favorites are Classic Light: John Steinbeck, Jane Austen and Mark Twain. Mike, if you read something from your list let me know if it was better with age. 🙂

      • Steinbeck Red Pony, The Pearl and his other books have depth but are misunderstood, since he writes simply, and considered lightweight among some literary circles. I do enjoy Mark Twain! 🙂

    • Oh, Jenny! This is absolutely exciting. Thank you for remembering my ancestor. I look forward to your attending this.
      I should someday post my rather uninteresting print I have to remember such a great creator of sculptures, mobiles and dome paintings. The painting/print looks like red, blue, black balloons with angled strings.
      I thought of you while watching James Bond race his fancy car around the London streets, creating havoc and mayhem. The London Eye featured prominently in several scenes, Jenny. I enjoyed this and place it in my top 3 Bond movies. Next to “To Russia with Love” and “Casino Royale.”

      • We went to see Spectre at the weekend too. I loved it! Over the top, crazy plot line which even my son found difficult to follow. He reckons we need to re watch all the Daniel Craig Bond films then see Spectre again because somehow they are all linked. So guess what we’ll be doing over the long Christmas break!

      • I am so glad you saw it, I sensed a change in Bond. Did you? I like holidays to “binge on” shows or movie sequels, Jenny! 🙂
        Have a special week, try to “Carry on” as I have said to my good friends in person. This places the power in our hands when people try to destroy part of our people. It still was such a sad occurrence it catches my breath, though.

  3. Kafka’s fine, but Jesus really can do the whole enchilada…change the heart and you become a new creature inside. Nice, involved poetic expression–I’m proud of you! Good looking, intelligent, expressive, loves her family and friends,…! What a fine lady you is! 🙂

    • Definitely could be an interesting challenge for Spielberg or other prominent directors. Try to make this show it is still an applicable theme of trying to fit in, worrying about rules and parents controlling lives. Also, from the business angle- how society puts pressure on our creative selves, trying to make us conform. I love that word:”Mind boggling!” Thank you! 🙂

  4. Robin, So true about having to adapt as we go through life. I have not read the book, but your writing really struck a chord with me and gave me comfort knowing that we all have to get over our obstacles in life.

      • Your beautiful words really strck a chord with me, Robin. I am constantly amazed at how you connect the pictures with your writing. Btw, your daughter has your gift of writing too.

      • I am sure Felicia appreciated your checking out her blog. I will have to remind her of your recipes since she is the one who loves healthy foods. 🙂 Thank you, Sandhya, for liking the pictures and the words I try to come up with, too.

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