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Digestive Physiology

A Poem by Beverly Stock.

Zebras, Antelopes, Hippos and some Frogs

Choose not to dine on each other just because

Carnivore and Herbivores have differences.

Digestive physiology brings instances,

Where flesh is good for the diet and grass is not,

If a grass eater eats meat, digestion may stop.

When Lion, a carnivore, orders salad instead,

He might have a tummy ache and end up in bed.

So a good rule of thumb when feeding the heard

Is best said by Wallace Stevens*, in this own words:

“Frogs eat butterflies

Snakes eat frogs

Hogs eat snakes

Men eat hogs.”

Digestive Physiology’s Circle of Life!


*Wallace Stevens (October 2, 1879 – August 2, 1955) was an American modernist poet. . He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955. (“Frogs Eat butterflies” is in the public domain.)


Beverly Stock is an American poet living in St. Louis. Her work has been published on, at, and on the Webzine Lighten Up Online.

Digestive Physiology

© 2019 Beverly Stock

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