I have found myself;

I am two dozen and four sheaves of tree

I am an overview of dinoflagellate biology.


The symbiote that tells the ecologist

when something's awry

The murderer of fish, and of the

Norwegian lobster;

ruiner of the fishing economies on the

American pacific coast.

The thecate, armoured like cataphracts.

The athecate, naked and small,

lacking the amphiesma,

that would keep me from death.


I am the heterotroph,

feeding off of my fellows –

a predator, a parasite.

I am the obligate autotroph.

Photosynthetic, I provide for myself,

and the marine food web is based upon my efforts.


The mobility you see is a result of my defining feature;

a pair of flagella,

one conventional,

leading me into what

is lying directly ahead;

the other lateral,

sending me spinning

into tangents unexplored.

It's by no means the most complex arrangement,

but I'm satisfied with my way.


I am algal, a large group of protists,

often plankton.

I am not the intermediate step

between prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

I am no longer just a student.