Digestive Physiology

Zebras, Antelopes, Hippos and some Frogs

Choose not to dine on each other just because,


Carnivore and Herbivores have differences.

Digestive physiology processing instances,


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

If a grass eater eats meat, digestion may stop.


When Lion, a carnivore, orders a salad instead,

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


So a good rule of thumb when feeding the herd

Is best said by Wallace Stevens*, in these words:


“Frogs eat butterflies

Snakes eat frogs

Hogs eat snakes

Men eat hogs.*”


Digestive Physiology’s Circle of Life!






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Beverly Stock is an American poet who delights in creating “Found” poetry that combines her words with those from existing poems and other texts and makes older familiar passages new again.  Digestive Physiology is a "Found Poem" by Wallace Stevens. an Ameriocan Modernist poet.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his Collected Poems in 1955. "Frogs Eat Butterflies" is in the Public Domain.

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