The fuzzy wuzzy caterpillar’s teacher
was a jackdaw, a relationship to tax
both species’ patience, given neither creature
served the other for protection or as snacks.
The worm mumbled something muffled by the bleacher
it hid under. ‘What,’ the bird said, ‘is that you ask?
You are fuzzy and inept and not that dear.
You must be someone’s uncle, as in unclear.’