All Creatures Great and Small

Let’s start out with the insects
most considered ‘creepy’
Some have shells or wings
but none of them are sleepy

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Ant’s among the smallest
and live in colonies
They hunt in massive numbers
and go just where they please

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They’re tiny but they’re powerful
their species surely thrive
Killing living things
is how they stay alive

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A splash into the ocean
or rivers and stream beds
Here you’ll find some creatures
with gills behind their heads

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Octopus to Salmon
Lobster, Killer Whale
Some of these have tentacles
others, fins and tail

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It matters not if thinking
about the Great White Shark
or how the Glow-fish hunts
deep down in the dark

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From Krill, the tiny plankton
swallowed by Blue Whale
To the stunning Angel fish
multi-coloured fins and tail

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Large will hunt the smaller
it’s how they all survive
Most of them are predators
they catch things still alive

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In the sky we’ll look now
there we’ll see some thrillers
We have some ‘passive’ species
but plenty ‘active’ killers

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Swallows, Swifts and Martins
eat and fly along
Check out a wood in morning
if you want to hear ‘birdsong’

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Robin, Thrush and Blackbird
bring us back to ‘bugs’
They eat worms and beetles
and some of them eat slugs

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Vultures live on carrion
so glide along on breezes
It’s only when they see a corpse
that their hunger eases

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Eagles, Falcons, Owls
these all hunt with zeal
Flying fast or soaring high
till they spot their meal

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Arriving at four legs
the land based hunting mammals
Think ‘Big Cats’, and Wolves
not Elephants or Camels

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Leopards hunt in darkness
catch Monkeys if they can
Their normal prey stands upright
when desperate, they’ll kill man

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Hyena and the Wolf
both will hunt in packs
Chasing larger game
they don’t live on snacks

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Polar Bears kill too
preference is for Seals
Like anything with family
they need to have big meals

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Now let’s look at Man
supposedly the ‘smart’ one
He hunts with spear or net
traps, poison, rifle, gun

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What then is the difference
between animals and Man
Men don’t just kill to eat
some do it ‘cause they can

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Then there is that other thought
killing your own kind
Humans kill each other
many reasons we can find

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Briefly, back to animals
living in the wild
They have to kill each other
it’s the way their life is styled

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Is there then a message
in all this wondrous verse
Kill only when you have to
there’s no need to rehearse …

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 This is a selection from Natural History: An Anthology of Poetry – Volume 3.

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