Fertilisation, to life’s first cry

The organisms we classify

From offspring birth, to growing seed

Consuming nature of which to feed


The right conditions to survive

Escape of danger, aim to thrive

Animals will locate their mate

Offspring growth of varied rate


Reproductive group divide

From egg-laying to bearing live

Seeds and eggs adapted for

Protection and a nutrient store


The formation of the embryo

Increasing cells divide and grow

A vital role, to be aware

Growth, development and repair 


Genetics differ and they range

The young mature, their features change

To die, cells cease to multiply

To rot – bacteria and fungi


Of varied plants, in turn they sway

From parent plants, to land away

Nutrients pass there to remain

Recycled in this vast food chain


Written by Geraldine Taylor ©