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A workmate friend of my sister; Donella was her name, was asking questions about snakes and how she felt the shame of murderers who kill them off; ‘They’re God’s creatures too you know’, but she had then admitted she’d never been confronted though. I listened to Donella’s pleading; soon realizing she was ‘green’. ‘Don’t chop a tree; don’t kill an ant’, so to not make a scene, I asked her and my sister if they’d like to come with me, and leave the city for a week to see harsh outback country. We travelled to Mildura then drove up to Broken Hill. They marveled at the open spaces; Donella had to ‘grill’ about what killed the mulga? Why all the kangaroo’s are dead? Then realized quick smart; one jumped in front of us ahead. We drove toward Wilcannia - at ‘Little Topar’ had a bite to eat, then on the road again and she’s complaining of the heat. “What’s that?” Donella pointed toward some dry grass in the sand. Something very shiny was moving quickly ‘cross the land. A brown snake quite confused could now sense us I suspect, and even with this safe predicament I gave it my respect. “We’ve got to help” Donella pleaded, “Being cruel would be a sin”. Somehow the snake had jammed its head inside a baked bean tin. I said “The best thing we can do is find a sturdy stick, and hit it just behind the head, for that will kill it quick”. Donella gave a look of steel; her piercing eyes bore into me. “You grab the snake and I the tin and then we will set it free”. Of course I tried to argue but my argument can’t win. I dived down and grabbed the snake while Donella grabbed the tin. The snake contorted in my hands and when released it seemed its danger was more paramount when Donella loudly screamed. Attempts to bite and hissing noise now made me realize, I can’t let go the snake now; there’s too much anger in its eyes. And the girls have run off to the car. Donella is no ‘greenie’ now. “Kill it, kill it!” she screamed out. So I had yelled back “How?” I flung the snake into the air; it landed in among dry grass. As I jogged back toward the car the bloody thing slid past. The girls, hysterically ran off and in the sun stood on the tar, with the only cover ‘round the place was of course the car. I tried to make suggestions, about what should be done. But all to no avail; they’d rather die out in the sun. A friendly ‘cocky’ came along and took the girls to Broken Hill. I drove back with the missing snake that could be in there still.

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Date: 10/8/2021 1:12:00 AM
Your poetic adventures are always so wonderful Lindsay. I loved this super entertaining story. I haven’t been around for a few months. It is great being back and reading your poetry again. Blessings xxoo
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/9/2021 5:37:00 PM
Hello Connie ... so good to see you back Connie. I have been checking once a week for new posts, as I, like so many miss reading your poems, but under your circumstance I understand how you needed to do what you did - so good to hear from you Connie - Lindsay
Date: 10/7/2021 6:15:00 PM
lol so many are afraid of them, they are actually quite harmless though I would not want them near my home. I'm glad you took matters into your hands, lol
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Date: 10/9/2021 5:33:00 PM
Hello Rose ... many people would be shocked if they knew that they are living with a snake close by, but they are shy creatures who only lash out when backed into a corner. This applies to every living thing - thank you Rose - Lindsay
Date: 10/7/2021 4:37:00 PM
What a great story to read! Well written Lindsay! I hope you have a nice evening :)
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Date: 10/9/2021 5:29:00 PM
Hello Heidi ... I'm pleased you enjoyed this little adventure in the outback Heidi. These brown snakes, no matter what, should be left to the experts to deal with. They get very angry - thank you Heidi - Lindsay
Date: 10/6/2021 5:30:00 PM
thanks for the giggles as ever Lindsay:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 10/9/2021 5:26:00 PM
Hello Jan ... it's a pleasure Jan. We could send you a million snakes to play with if you'd like - catch you soon Jan - Lindsay
Date: 10/6/2021 5:17:00 PM
What a hilarious tale! Hair-raising, but at least everything turned out well, even for the snake. :D
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Date: 10/9/2021 5:24:00 PM
Hello Evelyn ... most rural living people in Australia have encounters with snakes and like this one can be amusing. It's best to live and let live as they do have a valuable purpose which most folk seem to forget - thank you Evelyn - Lindsay
Date: 10/6/2021 10:26:00 AM
Lindsay, thank you, for this wonderful, amusing poem. I enjoyed the laugh! So glad to discover your poems, Annette
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Date: 10/9/2021 5:20:00 PM
Hello Annette ... I'm pleased you enjoy some of my poems also, and from time to time I will drop by and comment on your poems - thank you Annette - Lindsay
Date: 10/6/2021 9:56:00 AM
A fun read and humor is your forte.
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Date: 10/9/2021 5:18:00 PM
Hello Karen ... I'm pleased that you enjoyed this little journey into the outback, and you read the humour in the poem - thanks Karen - Lindsay
Date: 10/5/2021 8:28:00 PM
Great lesson why the world needn't 'go green!!' lol. Thanks, Lindsay
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Date: 10/9/2021 5:16:00 PM
Hello Gershon ... being green is okay as long as they don't think a wild animal recognizes it. Remember, closer to a wild animal can result in being closer to being injured or worse. Even a kangaroo can be very dangerous - thank you Gershon - Lindsay
Date: 10/5/2021 9:33:00 AM
Hi Lindsay, thank you for sharing this humorous, creative poem with us Lindsay, as Andrea says below, some people never learn, but it seems that Donella did, first hand! I had a much needed good laugh when reading your write. In my next comment I will send you the title of the poem I wrote, an experience with a snake where I conceded to giving him right of way! Hope all is well, Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 10/9/2021 5:11:00 PM
Hello Jennifer ... it's a pleasure Jennifer. There are plenty of snakes around here and I'm well aware that mice, rats, and frogs attract them. It is best to leave a snake be. Most bites occur here when trying to kill them - thank you Jennifer - Lindsay
Date: 10/4/2021 2:09:00 PM
yes sir, some people just never learn!! Good thing it was not a rattler!!! Good one, my friend.
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Date: 10/9/2021 4:37:00 PM
Hello Andrea ... correct; it's best not to fiddle about with a highly venomous snake like a brown snake who get very angry even when trying to help them. Leave it to the experts and leave well enough alone - thank you Andrea - Lindsay
Date: 10/3/2021 6:28:00 PM
WoW Lindsay! I'm afraid I would have let the girl just have to be mad at me for killing the snake to begin with. I'd rather kill it than have it kill me. Great story. Glad you never found the snake. God Bless, JB
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/9/2021 4:25:00 PM
Hello Judy ... most victims of snake bite in Australia are due because of trying to kill the snake. We are advised that if we come across a snake, walk away - Pleased you enjoyed this poem Judy - Lindsay
Date: 10/2/2021 4:08:00 PM
Really entertaining. Has such a jolly rhythm which is a great contrast to the danger. Like the snakes head being stick in a baked bin tin, perhaps it was English.
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Lindsay Laurie
Date: 10/9/2021 4:21:00 PM
Thank you Richard ... The English are very lucky not to have the highly dangerous brown snake. This incident has been noted a few times in reality and for why no one can explain. Catch you later Richard - Lindsay
Date: 10/2/2021 11:53:00 AM
Enjoyed this one, too! My family's favourite snake story is my walking backwards and cautioning my daughter to keep an eye out for rattlesnakes when one shedding its skin rattled directly behind me . . . .
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Date: 10/9/2021 4:16:00 PM
Hello Rico ... snakes can be very dangerous when shedding their skin. They can't see, so they lash out. We don't have rattlesnakes, but we have some particularly venomous species - thanks Rico - Lindsay
Date: 10/2/2021 5:25:00 AM
Lol this is a real hoot Lindsay, thankfully we don't have them over here only grass snakes. Tom
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Date: 10/9/2021 4:10:00 PM
G'day Tom ... thanks again for commenting Tom. Your very lucky if you don't get to see a snake over the summer and some can be very dangerous - catch you soon Tom - Lindsay
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Rico Leffanta
Date: 10/2/2021 11:51:00 AM
You don't count adders?
Date: 10/1/2021 8:16:00 PM
Great Poem. After reading this I have more respect for the snake than ever....
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Date: 10/9/2021 4:07:00 PM
Hello Shirley ... thanks for commenting Shirley. We are being warned that snakes are moving around now and there are plenty of them. The Brown Snake is the second most deadliest snake in the world and find messy backyards ideal as mice and rats are their target - Lindsay