This Deep in Fall

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A caterpillar,
this deep in fall—
   still not a butterfly.
~Matsuo Basho

I too,
homely bristled and crawling
thriving only on what is beneathmy feet and mouth, blindly
chewing my way
through the leaf’s edge.

Till I peer over the verge
of what will be,
of winged beauty
and freedom,
a worm graced by
transforming love
undeserved.

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