Cabbage Thief

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Wanted: Caterpillar,
Green with yellow stripe,
Last seen
swiping leaves
from the cabbage garden.”

He might have received a pardon
had he turned himself in peacefully,
but he went into hiding,
changed his identity.
Disappeared for good.

Who could believe
when they saw
the white-winged butterfly—
that it was Caterpillar himself
back in the neighborhood.

This article was published originally in 2016, in GreenPrints Issue #107.


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