’tis the time of caterpillars and butterflies in my backyard so I give you this poem from Christina Rossetti. (Even though it doesn’t mention the wasps that I battle for the life of my caterpillars.)


Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry,
Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk,
Or what not,
Which may be the chosen spot.
No toad spy you,
Hovering bird of prey pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.

~Christina Rossetti

If you are not already aware of it, http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/ is a great site set up by the Library of Congress, a poem a day for high school students. Some great poems here and information about how to read poetry out loud.