A long green caterpillar
undulating along a tree leaf
reaching an edge
cautiously stretches out
into the space ahead
bobbing up and down
weaving side to side
many legs moving gently
for the next solid place
to put its feet
the next step to take.
Nature Morte: An image depicting inanimate objects; a still life; a
reminder of the ephemerality of all things. A recovered record of the
everyday; a requiem for the unimportant, for the individual’s story; an
exhaltation of the minor narrative.
The Wonder Book of Knowledge by Henry Chase Hill (1921), with 700 illustrations
Originally published by John C. Winston Company, Philapdelphia, PA
Read the online version (or download it) at the Internet Archive:
A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys (1851)
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Illustrated by Walter Crane
Originally published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA. USA
HTML version on Project Gutenberg