When is a Thing a Living Thing?
If a thing is living it will move
however far or fast or slight,
a falcon swooping on a shrew,
the turning of a leaf to light.
All living things can reproduce,
remake themselves as young and new,
the growing of a rose from seed,
your mother giving birth to you.
A living thing must feed or die
so bats go hunting moths at night,
sheep must graze and insects nibble
and green plants conjure food from light.