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The Starfish

The Starfish

By Elton Camp

Starfish in the ocean dwell
Without a brain they do well

With just a simple nerve net
For their needs are all set

They aren’t some lowly worm
But a symmetrical echinoderm

Equipped with a spiny skin
One taste and never again

Predators they need not fear
To them will now come near

Water into their madreporite
Make tube feet work just right

If they get into an oyster bed
Soon, many of them are dead

Oyster shell starfish separate
The contents slyly then ate

Males and females look the same
A mate they’ve no need to name

Both do the things they oughter
Shoot eggs and sperm into water

They will meet in the open sea
The next generation come to be

Offspring they give no care
But have plenty to spare

It could be easy for one to wish
A life as simple as the starfish


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  1. Date: 5/14/2014 7:23:00 PM

    Cheers! Very witty and educational! Well wrote :)