Inchworms, having healthy outlooks,
love fruits and vegetables. Loops
or wickets of tubular green vinyl,
they measure not in inches
but in centimeters, being
caterpillars of geometer moths.
So they grow up to fly at night
and sometimes self-expend in flames.
Because the inchworm lacks legs
in the middle of its body
it grips frontally, draws up the rear.
Many people also move that way,
but unlike the inchworm conceal it.
William Doreski has published three critical studies and several collections of poetry. His work has appeared in many print and online journals. He has taught at Emerson College, Goddard College, Boston University, and Keene State College. His most recent book is Stirring the Soup. williamdoreski.blogspot.com