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Looking at the Leavings (an impression while cleaning up) 12/13/2016

Posted on: December 13, 2016

Looking at the leavings
It was supposed to have been
A snack for the frog
A beautiful roly-poly hornworm
Iridescent green
White stripes
And white circled tiny black dots
That looked like eyes
Its horn was a fuchsia and crimson thorn
Sticking out at the rear
But it was too plump
The frog didn’t eat it
So it sat there
And in its boredom
Having escaped its doom
Made a cocoon
My son was watching when the miraculous result of metamorphosis occurred
And it emerged from the casing and puffed out its wings
We were jubilant
But then we thought
Now, what
The creature is a moth that flies like a hummingbird
And plays the creepy gag on the poster of Silence of the Lambs
My son named it Atlas
Having no flower garden, this being late autumn
And, as this thing is hated by farmers
We made it a home out of a mesh laundry hamper
And prepared a recipe of nectar we found online
That was two weeks ago
I sit here now
As it lies dead on its back
Never having tasted a flower
Never having hovered, or put itself in reverse, like a hummingbird
It defied its fate and became something new
But died nonetheless in a cage
We kept it and watched
Gave it a place and some food
But why did we care for this bug?
Like, I guess, the Little Prince and the fox,
We got to know it and thus became responsible
I can’t claim to have done right by it
I really did try
Which is why I will bury it now
And wish it farewell
For its next life with flowers galore

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