Caterpillar Mystery

The caterpillar is a common pest—
     He chews his way through countless leaves.
Voraciously he does his best
     To join the ranks of famous thieves.

It's hard to picture where he puts it all;
     He doesn't ever grow in size.
His shape is horizontal more than tall;
     His stomach's bigger than his eyes.

But all those calories will help him grow
     Inside his lovely silk cocoon.
The process is a mystery très slow;
     Some things are better late than soon.

©2016 Michael Fraley

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