Poem with an explanation: Caterpillar

With slow little steps,
the small caterpillar walked,
beneath the fast car.

The above poem is a haiku.  It is written in the 5/7/5 syllable format.  The poem was inspired by an actual caterpillar crossing a street.  The point of the poem is to contrast the slow tiny caterpillar with the large fast car, by having an imagery of the caterpillar beneath the car.  One question implied by the poem is: will the caterpillar be run over by the car?  The caterpillar in the poem (and the actual caterpillar that inspired the poem) are crossing a street.  They both face a dilemma of moving cars.  As each car comes by, there is a space where the caterpillar will be alright, and a space where it will not.  In some ways, the caterpillar does not seem to notice the difference.  Similarly, vehicles driving by, most likely would not notice the caterpillar.  One idea is that the imagery of the poem can be applied as a metaphor to different situations in life.

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