The Early Bird Gets the Worm
When caterpillars destined to become butterflies
stuff themselves with parsley leaves, anything can happen.
This morning the parsley was still covered with bright green caterpillars:
We were standing at the kitchen window,
looking out at the caterpillars, some of which
had begun to move onto the violets, impatiens, and ivy on the same table.
We surmised they were moving away
because there were only a few nibbles of parsley left.
Suddenly a robin flew in,
plucked one of the caterpillars from a parsley stem,
and flew off in an instant.
We were surprised, but probably not as surprised as that fat green caterpillar was
when he found himself airborne.
Becoming a butterfly must be harder than it looks.