Poem of the Day

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Mighty Marron

 

In the fresh cool water

of the swimming hole

lived a mighty marron

‘bout ten years old

 

He’d seen it all

this wily thing

round netted traps

bacon dangled on string

 

“Come on little yabby”

he’d hear them call

“Come taste this bait-

it’s nice and raw!”

 

But this smart crayfish

knew better than that

he’d sniff a trick

in two seconds flat

 

He’d lay down low

on flat dark rocks

waiting sleepily

tick-tock, tick-tock

 

He’d heard the tales

of cooking pots

of melted butter

and eschalots

 

Of bisque, étouffée

a sauce from roux

of crawfish boils

all this he knew

 

 

 

 

 

So careful he’d be

when things came close

to tempt him out

for lobster roast

 

‘til one cloudy day

at that swimming hole

when someone sat down

and dangled their toe

 

It looked so strange

that rounded thing

so pink and plump

no sign of a string

 

So up he crept

that tricksy marron

with one great claw

he pinched right down on

 

“Yeow!” it cried

“Something’s bitten my toe!

“There’s a creature in there!

Quick catch it!” So…

 

That crafty marron

he let go fast

of that plump round toe

that clever cast

 

Another trap!

this one was new

but there was just no way

he’d be yabby stew!

 

© Kristina Hoy

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