by Bea Garth
copyright 2009

I watch

a green caterpillar

crawl across the hem

of my black dress,

the sinuous creature’s yellow brown hairs

radiating like bristly filaments.

I put the caterpillar

onto the ground

and watch it struggle

crawling up and down

several blades of grass

on its approach

to the oak tree we are sitting under

and I wonder

is this like me or you

struggling to reach the other?

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