A little green caterpillar looked at a leaf
And his tummy was starting to rumble:
'Mummy has told me to eat up my leaves,
But I’d far rather eat apple crumble.'
Then the fat little caterpillar looked at the sky:
'Now why is the sky very blue?' –
And 'How do I get to see more of this world?
Oh my goodness – just what must I do?'
A butterfly flew to the leaf next to him
And noticed he’d started to cry.
'Now you hurry up and get on with those greens
And soon you’ll be able to fly.'
'But my world is so boring with nothing to do
Except eating my greens every day.
I want so very much to be lovely like you
And fly through the world and then play.'
Suddenly his green coat started to split.
He stepped into the warm summer sun.
'I’m a butterfly now. My dreams have come true
And it’s my turn to fly and have fun.'
Copyright on all my poems
The popularity of this particular poem cannot be matched. It is very high on the list of people who come to it on my website, but it was chosen by teachers and children in many schools across West Yorkshire in 2010 and has been published in my JOSIE'S POEMS - Nature Poems (AMS Educational).
Sadly it is no longer in print as the publisher has retired and sold his business.
It has a wonderful illustration above, given by Peter Hudspith. It even went into an opera staged in Los Angeles (see above), and this year Martin Torbert of New Jersey put this to song and guitar which his grandchildren love, and so do we. Can you contribute anything to any of my poems, especially pictures. Thank you so much. Josie