Big Business

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Mark Blaeuer

Big Business


      One larva forages on leaves until,
      fat with the currency of chlorophyll,

      it raids a crevice, deals out the cocoon
      to pupate—creeps through May and sleeps through June—

      toward rollout as a moth. Instinct, the boss,
      prioritizes. Second quarter loss

      is outweighed by the profits generated:
      two hundred fifty eggs, all silver-plated.