"The Twelve Days of Darwin"
Lyrics by Thomas R. Holtz, Jr., to the Tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (Traditional)
Composed on 5-8 February, 2009, in honor of the Bicentennial of the Birth of Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809)
On the Twelfth day of Darwin my true love gave to me
Eleven clades converging,
Ten branches diverging,
Eight ancient fossils,
Seven atolls forming,
Six males displaying,
Five finch beaks,
Three breeds of doves,
Two tortoise shells,
And a grandeur in this view of life.
Last modified: 11 February 2009