A Damsel in Distress

That dark patch of water looks cool, A perfect spot to just kick back. Why is that rock starting to drool? Please help me I’m under attack.   No choice but to swim for my life From this cruel dusky dottyback! Goodbye to my children and wife, Please help me I’m under attack.   Its … Read more

Fat on Nitrogen

A Rhode Island pond – The beaver tastes the cold air As he builds his dam   Now somewhere upstream On a vast and dying lake – The waterfowl glide   No cold carp live here – Choked by a mass of algae Fat on Nitrogen   Round the river bend The cowhand lights a … Read more

The Pollen Thieves

The nightshade is a plant locked in a war, They keep their pollen under lock and key From pollen thieves who try to hit their score, Committing acts of pollen burglary. Who would have thought this from the humble bee, It’s black and yellow stripes a warning sign That they ignore the nightshade’s desperate plea. … Read more

As Cancer Leaves us in the Dark

As cancer leaves us in the dark where is the light? We need some way to track new drugs as they embark In vivo through our bloodied tubes to take our fight; As cancer leaves us in the dark.   Fluorescent proteins can produce a guiding spark, Yet must be galvanised before they give us … Read more

The Sea Life is Never the Same

Antarctic sea shelves are diverse, With worms and seastars worth acclaim; Conditions are not too adverse, The sea life is never the same.   But as temperatures start to rise, The cold barrier becomes lame; From the slopes new creatures arise, The sea life is never the same.   Below nought point four degrees C, … Read more

She Refuses to Help But Still You Try

You reflect happily on times gone by, On parents that raised you the best they could. Her early life was damaged; you won’t pry.   Remember when you caught each other’s eye, Both spotting a mouse corpse oozing fresh blood; You reflect happily on times gone by.   You build the mouse a tomb whilst … 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

When Will We Stop?

When will we stop to think of what we do? We treat this land as if it is our own; Then all of our mistakes start to accrue, With consequences steady and unknown.   The Arctic is not out there all alone, Sea ice protects us with its whitish hue; Without it Earth would sink … Read more

Skies Turned Dead from Purest Blue

To soar like a bird would be a grand thing, With flights through cobalt depths and azure seas; Nothing against you but air on your wing ‘Til something bad came carried on the breeze, As once again mankind did as they please And suddenly your range was cut in two, Whilst half of your brethren … 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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