Mary had a little lamprey

His teeth were sharp and gold

He had no tongue

but if he did, he reckoned it would be gold too

He was not the only lamprey

Attached to Mary's arm

He didn't like the others

Borrowed red danced with borrowed green inside of him

They were not parasites

Mary was content with trading blood for attention

Red for pink, in a strange symbiosis

Mary hosted others too

Ticks and tape worms and mosquitos

The little lampry didn't care though

They had no shared morphology

It came as no surprise when Mary died

Diseases and blood loss got the best of her

The little lamprey squirmed into the water

and attached to Mary's sister, Mary

Mary had a little lamprey

His teeth were sharp and gold

It came as no surprise when Mary died

Diseases and blood loss got the best of her

Enthusiasm is never dead