In an ecosystem, energy flows through different levels called trophic levels. Energy begins by giving life to the producer, harnessing the sun to create food while being firmly rooted in the ground. Then it supplies the consumer, able to roam the ground without being tied down by roots, eating other organisms like producers and other consumers for their energy requirements. Some energy may even progress to aid a decomposer in its duty of devouring the remnants of far gone organisms that have already met their deathbed, recycling the molecules as energy leaves the earth system as heat. This collection of poems shows the flow of energy in an ecosystem and how it gives life to so many of the organisms of Earth. We hope you enjoy The Flow Of Energy.
Path of Energy
It all begins with the single shaft of
sunlight pouring through the canopy to a small shrub.
The Heterotrophs eat plants and kin alike
Preying. Stalking. Feeding.
And as the living die, Detritivores willingly recycle the matter.
The ray of sunlight is transformed into heat
and leaves Earth into the infinite abyss of space.
Thus completing the ever continuous
cycle of a living
Role of an Organism
By Salma Alazem
Once a little seed
There were lots of things I needed to succeed
As the sun shone down on me
I was given a lot of energy
I knew that one day I would be found
Because all heterotrophs need organic compounds
Through photosynthesis I will produce
So other organisms can have energy to reproduce
We are needed in all ecosystems for organisms to thrive
In order to keep everything alive
And now my time has come
I know that I cannot run
I will be picked out from my roots
By a cold hearted brute
It’s time for me to board
I will pass on what has been stored
I will leave but there’s more to come
All thanks to our big, bright sun
By Kincade Vargas
I smell its blood in the dirt
Sometimes I lay in wait, like a leaf in the autumn
Other times I follow my nose, finding my meal
I continue moving down the path it has unwittingly prepared for me
The scent of blood is my motivation
What makes me a predator
It’s death gives me life
My only task
Moving energy through our ecosystem
Chance The Nymph
I was once a Dragonfly Nymph in a pond
Transported to a land far beyond.
Compared to now that was like a sea
Where I could roam wild and free.
Now I’m stuck inside this cage
Where I spend all of my days.
Picked up by tweezers
And elevated to the land above.
Decomposers, gnawing at me.
Sow Bugs all around me.
Now I’m free.
Stages of Life
By Luke Huff
Hello there, my child
It’s me, Mother Nature
I’m so proud of you
I’ve watched you play all the roles
Atop those stages of life
I was there when you drew
your first breath in your respiration
Starting the act as a producer
Fitting the costume perfectly
But I couldn’t dare to look
When the curtain of consumer shadows
Pulled upon you
On that stage of life
But when I opened my eyes, I saw you
Morphed into a consumer
Running throughout the stagew
I couldn’t believe your skill
From autotroph to heterotroph
Without an intermission
From that stage of life
Then the curtain of shadows
That terrible curtain of shadows
I saw them eat you alive
Before the curtains were pulled
I was impressed with the choreography
However, when the curtains opened
You could not hide from me
In the body suit of a decomposer
I recognized your charm shining
Through that stage of life
I just wanted to meet with you
In the hallways of the world
To say how beautiful you were
On those stages of life