The earth is hallowed ground
Much movement penetrates
the hallowed ground
The invertebrate is named
“earthworm”
Clitellate is its class
A tube within a tube
The earthworm body has
ring- like segments named annul
Small bristles cover its surface
helping it move and burrow
deep within the earth
leaving waste and tunnels
aerating the ground around
This simple invertebrate
source of food
for birds, rats and toads
Soil aeration its primary function
transporting nutrients and minerals
beneath earth’s surface providing
gardens, forest floors, fields, compost,
rotting and decaying leaves new life
The earthworm has much heart
Five to be exact. It gives back
to the earth abundantly
Respect and love the earthworm
A great gift from mother earth

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