Deep waters, cold and clear
lie above the reef. Anemones
wave tentacly fingers in the water,
catching what unwary prey they can,
then closing violently at the first
sign of danger. Watchful fish dart,
keeping a nervous eye on any
newcomers who may want a fishy
dinner. Eels lurk in hidden depths,
snaking paths through the bed.
But silently, away from the frenzied
fuss and furor, the oyster carefully
builds a pearly secret.