Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THREE PENGUIN CATERPILLARS, by CATHERINE B. TOOSEY



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THREE PENGUIN CATERPILLARS, by            
First Line: Three caterpillars poised: together straight
Last Line: Erect, with white broad breasts and flippers stretched.
Subject(s): Caterpillars; Insects; Bugs


Three caterpillars poised: together straight
They lie, short bodies soft without a bend
Against the grey-red plotted trunk they blend
As huddled birds asleep their deathlike state;
The giant tree trunk: it spreads its contour great
About the caterpillars to make and send
A mingled chaos which pale colours mend
To pattern: grey and green and brown they mate.

Three caterpillars striped in lines of black
And red and blue: unwavered lines thin etched
Which run from tails to heads along the back
And border neatly one long row clear sketched
Of penguins standing in an ordered pack
Erect, with white broad breasts and flippers stretched.





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