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Beachside Food and Drink Slinks

A is for algae, red, green, blue cells, soaking up sun, sliming teeth 
B is for bacterial mat, clumping underneath, earliest born, never asleep

C is for coral reef, the place we all find cover or the sand parrotfish chew and release
D is for diatom, all seeded calcium, all float free, all denizens barely seen

E is for eelgrass, nursery meadows of the anchovy, and other browsers of green 
F is for fan worm, filter feeder like a flower, 8000 species on which fish feed

G is for giant kelp, floating on bladders of air they’re forests of cold waters clean
H is for helmet, the royalty of snails who protect our feet, queen, emperor, king

I is for isopod, the chameleon crustacean, they color match what they eat
J is for jellyball, or cannonball jellyfish, not upside down or moon, avoid their heat

K is for keyhole limpet, favorite food of ochre stars, will erect its own wall
L is for laver, the sea lettuce of nori, it swirls red skirt as ocean falls

M is for mermaid’s purse, the sack of the skate whose yolk keeps them alive
N is for nerite, the prisoner striped snail of the rocky zone as numerous as a hive

O is for oyster drills, the snails that slurp oysters and use them to lay eggs
P is for pleurobranch, a sea slug answer for oranges, with one active leg

Q is for quahog, the bivalve seaman who can survive eating the mud
R is for rove beetle, the one waiting to snatch the unwary beach hopper for good

S is for saxitoxin, those red tides produced by mating that can paralyze humans
T is for tubular sponge, they squish, bore and encrust as space lends

U is for urchin, those spiny skinned balls, no eyes or noses but dig food in sand 
V is for Venus, Music Volutes dined or Vampire Squids skimming along land

W is for whelk, not the musically inclined, but the slow moving snail in a shell
X is for X and a half, the six rayed star, hungry for anything on the half shell

Y is for yucca, blooming on the beach, they bloom nice and tolerate the sand
Z is for Zostera marinara, the address of eel grass when they're feeling grand

All of this green life is what crunches, stinks, dries and slips underfoot
The rest that find the housing and dining compatible means someone’s on the look.

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  1. Date: 6/1/2013 5:38:00 AM
    I love this so much more educational than mine! I'm so glad I got to read it don't know how I missed it. Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 12:07:00 PM
    This is also great ABC poem my dear friend Sheri. I see you also won. My big congratulation as well. Thank you so much again for stopping. it's my great honor both reading your poem and your precious time stopping by on my work. Have a great day! love and hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 7:21:00 PM
    Sheri, Congratulations with your awesome poem in one of the best contest I've seen this year. It has been an honor in viewing all of Cyndi's ABC Couplet winners. I would have never pulled off this form or idea.... * xox-PD

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:57:00 PM
    Sheri, it's a great effort and such useful info you painstakingly and beautifully put together, Thnx for your visit and congrats on the win!! Jag

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:48:00 PM
    Wow! That's Great Sheri, How do you know all this stuff LOL I really enjoyed this educational write Congrats on your win in the contest. thanks for stopping by to congratulate me. : ) Hugs

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 3:43:00 PM
    Clever way to go with the ABC contest..Congrats on your win..Enjoyed reading ..Sara

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 3:05:00 PM
    wow, yours is one of the more educational ones I have seen. So filled with facts, like one finds in an encyclopedia. I think this will be a useful one in the judge's book of ABC poems she plans to make of our poems for her daughter!

  1. Date: 3/24/2013 8:25:00 AM
    I love your your alphabet. A great write. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 3/21/2013 9:58:00 PM
    Sheri, this is a wonderful entry . I can see Cyndi enjoying the Ocean and other creatures, from a-z... fascinating... good luck,,,,Linda