Ode to the Lifeforms I Wear

by Edward Alan Bartholomew 

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Merino sheep, with the softest wool,

I hereby don the fruit of your DNA:

These fibers, delicate and full,

Arranged in argyle,

Devoid of fray.  


Cotton-paw cat, with the whitest fur,

I hereby don the fruit of your DNA;

My t-shirt and socks, like your purr,

Are warm and gentle.

Never stray!  


Denim dolphins, with the bluest hides,

I hereby don the fruit of your DNA;

Your leg-shaped tails make for easy strides

Once dry, and far

From the ocean spray.  


Leather tree, with the toughest bark,

I hereby don the fruit of your DNA;

I enjoyed your shade at the park

And the belt that makes

My trousers stay.  


Rubber mouse, with elastic bones,

I hereby don the fruit of your DNA;

As my shoes, you garner less groans

Than when used for the pranks

I used to play.