It moves along from head to toe
Bendy like a jelly throw
Up and down and down and up
Looping over, twisting up.
It crawls the stem and creeps the leaf
Nibbles edges with its tiny teeth
Bending that way, curving this
Till locked within its chrysalis.
It hardens fast as if it’s dead
Its dormancy spun by a golden thread
Till with a burst of bold bravado
Ecolses to a beautiful imago.
© Sheila Ash, 2018
Imago - the final and fully developed adult stage of an insect, typically winged.
Eclose - (of an insect) emerge as an adult from the pupa or as a larva from the egg
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