from tardigrades 
to the posidonia australis plant,
life takes many forms,
even on our singular muddy rock

from the oceans
to the caves,
from forest
to desert

from the dark and cold
to those places of scorching sun

a variety of perception,
of sensation,
of consciousness

from the ambulatory
to the still

from those we see
as intelligent
to those we believe
are unaware

all have this in common:
The Struggle

and, yet, so many
of us,
as a poem