Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Caterpillar--By Kathleen Murphy--United States

The Caterpillar

The caterpillar is pretty homely,
I think it must be sort of lonely.
No one wants to get very close,
It's wiggly, squiggly and kind of gross.
Along the grass as it's progressing
It isn't very prepossessing,
It moves like separate moving parts
And it's covered with little hairy warts.
It best resembles, to explain,
Something pulled out from the drain.

But at some point, don't know when it'll happen,
It makes itself a cocoon to wrap in.
It stays in there til months go by,
Then it comes out a butterfly.
So if you don't think your life is moving
And that you need some self-improving,
You can be a better you,
Look what a caterpillar can do.

Kathleen Murphy grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Ohio Dominican College with a B.A. in English.  She has worked as a secretary, teacher's aide, pizza cook, waitress, respite worker, group home assistant manager and writing tutor.  Kathleen has been writing for 35 years and has published poems and articles in small magazines.  She has also written newspaper feature stories and a humor column.  She currently writes for websites and has sold over 700 articles and blog posts.  


  1. Kathleen,
    What a beautiful, inspirational poem! Yes, just as caterpillars can turn into butterflies, so can we improve our lives. Welcome to Whispers!
    Your new friend,
    David Fox

  2. Dear Kathleen,

    It is wonderful to see that you already have a lovely comment from David. Welcome to Whispers! I hope you enjoy your time spent here.


  3. A sweet little ditty. I enjoyed the journey from first line to last,
    Welcome to Whispers. Best, SuZ

  4. Dear Kathleen,
    Marvelous debut poem!
    Your humor comes through as your poem teaches me about life!