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By Josie Whitehead
WELL, HELLO MR LOBSTER
By Josie Whitehead
'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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