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 You may have had an inkling a starfish

isn’t a fish at all, but a sea-star?

A fallen angel?

Are you happy or sad to know

it doesn’t have a heart or a brain,

a thought or a care in the world?

 

Still, this puzzling echinoderm

hungers like the rest of us

and scours the sea with the eyes

at the end of its arms

for shellfish and coral

to devour with the mouth

at the center of its body.

 

Those tiny stems

beneath the arms

are legs! They keep it

on the move

like the stars above.

 And what do we owe

this beautiful fallen angel?