Once there was a little worm

who felt so very small;

“No one can even see me,

I’m just no one at all!”


He crawled upon a milkweed plant,

along the leaves of green.

He took a bite that tasted fine

his appetite was keen!


All day he munched among the leaves

then curled up for some sleep

And when he woke he found he’d grown

two hairs and an extra peep!


He stretched and yawned and shook his legs,

all eighty-eight of them.

And went right back to munching

with a caterpillar grin.


He munched and munched for several days

and then just had to rest.

He looked back down his wormy self

and said, “Why I’ll be blessed!


Just look how much I’ve grown today;

I’m quite a handsome worm!

Now everyone who looks at me

will see how well I’ve turned!’


But chewing and munching took their toll.

The little worm grew worn,

but he had to keep himself awake

to finish one last chore.


He wasn’t sure just why he spun

a coat of heavy threads

or why he felt like hanging

from his tail and not his head.


Oh, he was so sleepy!

He needed so much rest!

He closed his eyes and knew no more

’til many days had passed.


The noonday sun began to shine

upon a day in June.

And slowly changes crept upon

that little worm’s cocoon.

The threads began to tear apart;

his home was breaking up!

And something new was added, too.

A heavy, soggy bump!


The summer sun would not give up;

it knew what was to be.

And it dried the little worm until

he landed on a leaf.


Suddenly the little worm

was lifted by the wind,

and wings of golden beauty

spread on either side of him.


Another Monarch Butterfly

was flung into the air,

and joined his brothers in their flight

with laughter and with flair!


c. 2011 Donna Swanson


About dswan2

Poet, author, columnist, lyricist, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, wife of 50 years. Born and raised in America's Heartland
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  1. Joe Zakarian says:

    As a kid I used to say they looked like a flower bud blowing in the breeze!

  2. Morning says:

    cute, very fitting children’s story, thanks for sharing.

    Happy Rally.

  3. Just Sayin' says:

    Very good. I enjoyed reading this!

    Check out my entry:

  4. mind blowing indeed,

    well done.

  5. duncancleary says:

    Lovely, I’ll show this to my kids.

  6. This is really lovely! 🙂 I enjoyed it till the end!!
    Quite a talent you have.. Keep penning more such stories.. 😀

  7. Catie Eliza says:

    What a transfixing way you have with words. :] xx

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