By Don Kingfisher Campbell

Before I met you

I was just some

hyperthermophile

in a Morning Glory Pool

When we did hook up

we became a batch

of sea lettuce

harboring green algae

Then we slept together

and realized we

turned red, produced

a calcium carbonite cement

As we committed

we evolved into

a mangrove swamp

holding sediments

Now we’re Portuguese

man-of-war with

specialized polyps for

feeding and reproduction

In the future

our relationship will be

Nemertean ribbon worms

sixty meters long

Everyone else are

sharks and rays

sporting ampullae

of Lorenzini

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