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Biodiversity challenge – Archerfish

Shoot from the lip

High and dry spider
Soon to be supper,
Oblivious to the banded bowman,
The artful dislodger.
Lurking in the murky water
Underneath, the archer
Plots aquatic ambush:
Spitting distance;
Angle of refraction;
Up a fraction;
Action!
Cue the liquid thunderbolt,
The lightning flèche.
Target skewered,
Stupefied and swallowed;
Downed in one,
And down in one.
Gobbing, gobbling, gone;
The inscrutable archerfish
Shoots, eats and leaves.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.