Sharing Stories
April 16, 2023 at 6:13 p.m.
Green Caterpillar
Green Caterpillar John W. Sweazey


I was going to flip

this caterpillar…

a hundred times

his length…

to the ground when

I saw his tiny fingers

around the wire.

I, John W. Sweazey, retired Emeritus from the University of Washington at fifty, in order to spend more time reading, thinking, philosophizing, rock climbing, recording videotapes, designing better geodesic domes, continuing to keep daily journals, contacting those in power with ideas, learning Greek dances with my wife, sharing Ivars fish and chips with her, enjoying the ultimate pleasure of helping my family, friends, and neighbors with their cars, homes, aging and parenting, loving my animals, learning, learning, learning. Thanks for listening!

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