JOSIE'S POEMS

 

Sea-World Poems

 

for Children

By Josie Whitehead

Blue Fish
Blue Fish

WELL, HELLO MR LOBSTER

By Josie Whitehead

Well Hello Mr Lobster

'Well hello Mr Lobster 
     With your pair of powerful claws;
Your armour-like protective shell 
     And several pairs of jaws.

'Now since you do not have a nose – 
      Is it possible for you to smell?
Do you have lots of sense organs
     Deep down inside your shell?

'And tell me, do you have a tongue 
     And have you ears to hear?'
'Well, to tell the truth I haven’t, though
      I haven’t much to fear –

'Yes, I’ve lots and lots of sense organs 
     Which serve me really well
And my life is a contented one
     Beneath the ocean swell.

'I’ve many hair-like sensors
     That send back messages to me:
Believe me, yes I do have them
      But they’re much too small to see.

'My nerves receive the signals  
       That these little bristles send:
Signals which are vital and 
     On which my life depends.

'You asked me how a lobster breathes?  
     Well see my tiny gills?
Look they’re here upon my ankles, 
     And with oxygen they fill.

'They extract it from the sea water 
     And feed it to my blood,
Whilst I get on with other things, 
     Like ploughing through this mud.'

'So, tell me Mr Lobster please 
     What things you like to eat?
We humans like our vegetables, 
     Sweet fruit and also meat.'

'Well lobsters are not fussy –
      They’ll eat anything they find.
We eat fresh food and also things 
     Which others leave behind.

'To protect ourselves from predators, 
     We lobsters march in rows,
Whilst birds prefer to fly in flocks, 
     As everybody knows.

'The fish swim safely in their schools – 
     And what do humans do?
Hmm! It’s you who catch we lobsters 
      And then put us in your stew!!'

'Yes, well, sorry Mr Lobster, 
     So run quickly on your way
And thank you for the useful things 
     You’ve taught us all today.

'Keep well away from humans now.
      I must admit we’re cruel.
So you get back to your sea world
     And I’ll head back to school.'

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