Friday, September 25, 2015

123



where are they now
those caterpillars
having eaten
the last of
the green leaves

bare knobby stems
remnants of a once vibrant
plumeria

the way tired bones
joined in skeletal array
wait for med students
to count them

© gillena cox 2015


Written for the prompt by Gayle Walters Rose
'Jisei, Japanese Death Poems' - at

24 comments:

  1. Happily flying away, smiles ~ Love the remnants of plumeria ~ And I get scared with those bones, yikes ~

    Thanks Gillena for linking up with D'verse ~

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  2. Love your surprise ending. And it always amazes me of just how much a caterpillar can eat! Thank you for joining in with the prompt today at dVerse.

    Gayle ~

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  3. The prompt is actually from Gayle, guest hosting. Grace was the member who posted the prompt for her. I like all of these - I like to think those hungry hungry caterpillars are butterflies flying around, drinking nectar from the surviving plumeria. these are all so very nice. And you are Candy? So nice to put your sweet smiling face with the name!

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    1. Thanks Toni. I will edit to say prompt from Gayle. And no I am not Candy.At above I was replying to a comment posted by Candy
      Happy you dropped in

      Much love...

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  4. Lovely, Gillena - able to stand alone or combine into a whole poem, and all beautifully written.

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  5. Oh.. happy caterpillars
    make thin stems
    a sacrifice
    in fallen
    leaves
    ah..
    leafy green
    nutritional
    healthy meals..:)

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Kate
      Much love...

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  6. Love both the beauty of the blooming beginning and the wry humor of the med students

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    1. Bjorn, thanks for your appreciation

      Much love...

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  7. Just love the caterpillar reference here... Just fantastic.

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  8. First two are quite touching...and the last one made me smile.

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    1. thanks for your appreciation Mary

      much love...

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    2. Awesome write, Gillena. I have not been here before and had no idea you are a poet. A pleasant surprise, and I will certainly be back. I read several others while I was here. It seems you have a golden pen. :)

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    3. Thanks for dropping in JC

      Much love...

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  9. I see your NEXT poem goes with the caterpillars while this one stays with the detritus--the remains of the meal. I love the surgical link and wonder who counts the leftovers of the would-be butterflies. Maybe it's mother nature counting 123.

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    1. Quite sure, mother nature is keeping tabs, thanks for dropping in to read this one Susan

      Much love...

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