Fearful Fromage

We wish to carry out a test To find which food I most detest? Edam is good. Do you agree? Please take that cheese away from me!   And what of these cured meats and fish. They look like a delightful dish. You really find Gruyere beastly? Please take that cheese away from me!   … Read more…

The Selflessness of Magpies

A selfish streak of silver in their heart, These scavengers are thieves without a band; In altruistic goals they play no part, An archipelago with just one land. But species that are blessed with sapphire wings, Have turned these ‘known’ conventions on their head; They do not care so much for shiny things, As knowing … Read more…

The Break Up

Forever in the shadow that you cast, She hangs like a dead lantern in the sky; A memory of a love that did not last, A remnant of a time that has passed by. Now sifting through the debris of your past We analyse the data that we scry, To find how this annulment came … Read more…

An Astronaut’s Broken Heart

Launched into space like puppets on a string, These metal ships danced fiercely on the waves; Such precious cargo was held deep within, Laden with men who would see early graves. A tranquil sea lay out before their eyes, Revealing scenes that only they have seen; The shadow of the Earth in a sunrise, Would … Read more…

Deceitful Looks

I look into your eyes and see no trust, We have not met and yet you doubt my face; You cannot hide from me your plain disgust, Your guileless gape puts me back in my place.   We have not met and yet you doubt my face, My beauty buried deeply out of sight; Your … Read more…

Twisted Love

Emerging from my host now fully grown, I test my twisted wings on freedom short; Then start my search for your sweet pheromone, And spy you bulging like a grotesque wart. You occupy the belly of a bee Cocooned inside and safe from any pain, At least until you copulate with me; If you don’t … Read more…

Rough in Love

The African fruit fly is rough in love, The male uses his organ like a sword; Its rough edges will cut as it does shove Into the partner he chooses to board. Some females have evolved a way to skirt These unromantic gestures from their kin; By cross-dressing as males they can avert The injuries … Read more…

Soon Their Hunger would be Freed

The great tits will work hard to find a mate, Putting their partners needs before their own, And science hoped to quantify this trait, To see if hunger could their love postpone. By giving a unique radio tag Researchers could deny one of them food, As bird feeders were set up with a lag To … Read more…

Does Evolution Have its Roots in Love?

Why do we place such emphasis on love, Should we just not go forth and multiply? Instead of that person sent from above, Could we not mate with any girl or guy?   The Zebra Finch will choose a mate for life, Raising their young as an efficient team; But an experiment split cock from … Read more…

The Firefly’s Sex Life Has Been Upset

As artificial light blocks out the sky, The firefly’s sex life has been upset. Their mating patterns might now go awry, With light emitting diodes causing fret; And even though the males want to beget, The females do their flirtations suppress. Are population numbers under threat? On the short-term the fireflies flash less, Whilst longer-term … Read more…

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