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Water Bear


Slow moving tardigrade,
benign water monster;
see how he ambles,
survivor extreme.

Submarine grizzly bear,
thriving on mosses,
algae, invertebrates...
microscopic bad dream.

Some kinds have eyes,
others sensory bristles,
alerting to presence
of food in the moss.

His drinking-straw mouth
pierces cells of his dinner.
He just eats to live
with no sign he'll get cross.

So tiny, so minute,
maybe twenty five thousand
to a litre of water...
more than fish in the sea.

I'm so glad they're little
or I might be frightened
that his drinking-straw mouth
might be pointed at me.

By cherryk

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