Starfish and Oyster

pretty Starfish
blood-red on sand
cautious Oyster
brain-hard on rock.

say, show, Oyster
the inner wonders of your shell
oh, no, Oyster
keep your softness hidden well.

Starfish tugs at Oyster’s shields
and last, reluctant Oyster yields.

Starfish sucks out the live warmth of Oyster
and digests him into constituent molecules
which she builds into her cells.

white and empty oyster shells
in impartial water tells
she kisses lives and quells.