Wednesday, August 17, 2011

       Death of A Caterpillar
                  by Jim Rapp

As though to emphasize the theme
of man’s brutality to man
in poems I was reading,
a caterpillar tumbled
from the tree above my head,
landing on the deck,
embattled by a vicious fly.

A half a dozen sorties later,
when the fly departed,
a wounded caterpillar
writhed in dying pain,
the host, no doubt,
of fly lives yet to be.

It made me wonder,
in all man’s history,
how many butterflies,
that should have beautified
the world, were sacrificed
to host a swarm
of loathsome flies.

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