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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 27, 2014

Platyhelminth.

Almost sounds like someone’s name.

“Hi, I’m Platy Helminth.

Wanna play?”

Alas.

Platyhelminth is a type of worm.

So says Trusty Webster.

But not just any worm.

This one has bilateral symmetry.

Kinda like what weightlifters aspire to.

Well…maybe that’s bicep symmetry.

Platyhelminth also has a soft, solid, flattened body.

Kinda like what most people exercise for.

And yet, here’s this worm.

And it does nothing to get in shape.

Or stay in shape.

Because it doesn’t have to.

But the platyhelminth isn’t just any worm.

It’s known as a flatworm.

Also, a tapeworm.

And we all know what tapeworms do.

So being platyhelminth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

But not all worms are alike.

Just ask a fish.

Or one who fishes.

Some people raise worms.

Compare that to raising cattle or other livestock.

It’s gotta be easier to round ‘em up.

Worm farms provide earthworms that…you guessed it…

Like the earth.

Also known as an oligochaetous worm.

They’re good for the soil.

Especially the genus Lumbricus.

By worming around, they naturally aerate it.

And birds like to eat them too.

Speaking of which…

The first day of Spring was Friday.

Heralded by the return of the robin.

Who happens to eat worms.

So the early bird did get the worm.

But not all birds want worms.

Take the gnatcatcher.

And flycatcher.

Obviously they hunger for insects with wings.

The kingfisher likes fish.

Then there’s the sapsucker.

Yep.

Woodpecker.

Oystercatcher.

So not all hanker after the lowly worm.

But the lowly worm hankers after thee.

As Dylan Thomas put it so eloquently:

…The force that drives the water through the rocks

Drives my red blood; that dries the mouthing streams

Turns mine to wax…

…And I am dumb to tell the lover’s tomb

How at my sheet goes the same crooked worm.

So carpe the Spring diem while you can!

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square with her canine assistant, Buster.

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