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
radiate bristly
fine haired filaments.
I put the caterpillar
onto the ground
and watch it struggle
crawling up and down
the 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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