Literary Mama writing about the many faces of motherhood
Eastern Tent Caterpillar Moth

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epitome
of a mother's
bad dream
they eat
morning

noon
and night
devastating
the wild
cherry

black cherry
apple and
ornamental
crabapple
soft

furry
bodies
silky tents
cocoons
promote

them to a child's
best friend
those sixteen
little legs
(that miracle

of metamorphosis)
eventually
turning
into six long
seductive ones


Nettie Farris’s poems have appeared in Journal of Kentucky Studies, Louisville Review, and Appalachian Heritage. She has poems online at Slow Trains. She lives in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, with her husband and three sons.


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