Freshwater mussel


Splodge about in a stream
barefoot and cringing
as gravel bites your soles.
Search in hope
of freshwater mussels
whose babies lurk for a while
behind the gills of sea trout
to grow, and metamorphose,
result of relationship
between mollusc and fish
soothes sore feet
with  reward of a rare pearl.

The lifecycle of this  symbiotic relationship, described in Wikipedia, was shown on BBC tv Countryfile last Sunday.  This embryonic poem has been wurgling about in my mind since then, so I attempted to write it for dVerse Open Link Night


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19 Responses to Symbiosis

  1. thehutts says:

    Great poem Mum. The North York Moors are doing lots to look at returning Mussels to our rivers as our the works of the Environment Agency at the Kielder hatchery:

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  2. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) says:

    Hmm, you make me feel a little bit guilty for loving to eat mussels.


  3. restlessjo says:

    Funny how our feet always find the sharp bits! 🙂 Still working on 6WS? Saturday hugs!

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  4. billgncs says:

    this was a pearl 🙂

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  5. Grace says:

    The beauty of nature – a rare pearl ~ I will check out your link, thanks ~


  6. Alex Dissing says:

    Nature is a beautiful thing. Thanks for the glimpse into your perspective of it. I learned something new because of this poem!

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  7. Beautiful, image and I love the longing and hope in finding a pearl…I would love to find a pearl. 🙂

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  8. Sabio Lantz says:

    Fun biology lesson

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  9. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    The pearly smoothness brings this to a nice conclusion for feet and mussel.

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  10. Mary says:

    Really good to think about some of the relationships that occur in nature. I’d never been aware of this particular relationship you wrote about & find it interesting the way they both work together.

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  11. tinkwelborn says:

    a successful metaphoric syncretism & metamorphoses in comparative form: the person & the aquatic creatures’ symbiosis. I like the epiphenomenal effect, transferred to the soles, via the soul. Nice job here. very enjoyable.

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  12. tialys says:

    Sore feet reminds me of playing on Brighton’s stony beach when I was a child. Running down to the sea was fine because we were so excited but, when you come back out, the barefoot trek back to the parents and the towels seemed to take forever and the pain was excruciating.

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  13. I find it amazing that you once could gather freshwater pearls even in Sweden.. the mussels are almost extinct so I do not see anyone hurting their feet any longer… maybe it is tied to the trout.

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