Advice from a Caterpillar by Amy Gerstler

Advice from a Caterpillar
by Amy Gerstler

Chew your way into a new world.
Munch leaves. Molt. Rest. Molt
again. Self-reinvention is everything.
Spin many nests. Cultivate stinging
bristles. Don’t get sentimental
about your discarded skins. Grow
quickly. Develop a yen for nettles.
Alternate crumpling and climbing. Rely
on your antennae. Sequester poisons
in your body for use at a later date.
When threatened, emit foul odors
in self-defense. Behave cryptically
to confuse predators: change colors, spit,
or feign death. If all else fails, taste terrible.

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3 thoughts on “Advice from a Caterpillar by Amy Gerstler

  1. Reblogged. That is totally, totally awesome. I’m particularly fond of “…emit foul odors in self-defense.” and “If all else fails, taste terrible.” :p

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