Dancing Echoes

Beats Stumbling Around in Silence

Pond Scum



While I’m just scum
To more than some
Beyond the muck
There’s more than yuck
A microscopic world does lurk
Too small to see in all the murk
Relationships of hunter/prey
There’s more alive than in decay
Even the smallest pond is rife
Connected by that spark called life

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Maxillopoda
Subclass: Copepoda
Order: Cyclopoida

Cyclops Nauplius (larvae)

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Connected

Author: Dancing Echoes

I am a scientist by trade and artist by soul. My creative outlet used to be dancing but due to injuries and age, I must now find another path. I am hoping my writing, poetry and photography can be this new path. Awards: While I am grateful and honored for the numerous nominations, I don’t have time to respond to them with the attention they deserve, so for the most part, I am an award free blog. All photographs and words are mine unless otherwise credited. © 2015-2023 Dancing Echoes ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Christy Draper with appropriate and specific direction to the original content on Dancing Echoes.

12 thoughts on “Pond Scum

  1. That made me think of taking my kindergarteners to the Nature Center where the staff would talk to them about stuff like that. What a memory that brings back.

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  2. We love your scientific eye on life!

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  3. Love the poem and all the images it evokes.

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  4. 🙂

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  5. I have missed you! Your poem is delightful as always. I look forward to reading more in the future.


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  6. Aw, thank you. I have been swamped with work and not able to write as much as I’d like. I haven’t had the time to keep up with my reading either so I have a lot of catching up to do exploring others great work – like yours.


  7. Love, love, love this. Had a garden pond and string algae was the bane of my existence. Thanks for reminding me of all the connections in nature.

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  8. Thank you, I am so glad you liked it!


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