Myles writes: Crustaceans are related to insects and spiders, but are their own separate group. Because unlike insects and spiders they live underwater. They include things like crabs, lobsters and prawns. They are an extremely interesting group of animals and different kinds are found all over the world.


That said, there’s something very creepy about crustaceans. Mind you, they probably think the same about us, especially since a lot of humans think they are DELICIOUS! Well, I’m not one of them. I’m not a fussy eater, but I’m not keen on peas and I can’t stand eating crab and lobster. Yuk! When I was a child we’d go to Spain and the rest of my family couldn’t wait to eat seafood paella. I wouldn’t join in. I had Dover sole. Much tastier!


I thought it would be fun to write a poem full of one kind of feeling … and that feeling was disgust. What disgusts you? What do you find repulsive? Could you write a poem about that? Think about why it makes you cringe and try and capture that in the poem. Wilm has once again outdone himself and produced an amazing picture to go with the poem.


Crustacean, Crustacean, Crustacean!
Horrid subterranean nation
of shrimp, lobster, crabs,
all shuffling and clawing,
with skin hard as scabs,
I think it’s appalling.
Beady eyes on stalks.
Icky insects of the deeps
with weird, sideways walks.
You give me the creeps!

Poem by Myles McLeod. Illustration by Wilm Lindenblatt.

Nasty Crusties