It will take courage, time and patience’ Harry Possum said
“To gather up supplies while the humans are sleeping soundly in their beds
You have to be steadfast, determined and true”
Captain Harry reminded his possum troops on what they should do.
“We’ll strike after midnight when everyone is asleep
Then we’ll go on our raids to find what treasures they might keep
Beware of the cats and dogs that are lurking around
Tiptoe very quietly be sure not to make any loud sounds”
The recruits then all agreed and nodded their heads
“Lead the way forward Captain Harry our families are in dire needs to be fed”
All were standing to attention at Harry’s command; there was no time to lose
They had to get food and water to sustain their families soon.
Harry Possum was well known in his local district for his success
Striking in the small hours of the morning, to feed his family nest.
“Come on boys, follow me” Harry Possum shouted out
on Harry’s instructions, all of his recruits dodged and darted about.
Time again to put their dangerous nightly strategy into action.
all extreme in their battle search and commando style fashion
When in the dark, silent hours of the night
the human household were all soundly asleep,
high up in the roof rafters
if you listened intensely, you could hear the pattering of tiny feet
Harry Possum was making another uninvited house call
looking for some water and snacks hidden in home stores
his good buddy Peter was standing guard, on alert on the garden fence
using his x-ray nightly vision for Harrys’ protection and defence.
A regular night out again, searching for titbits and supplies
to feed their young families before the dawning of yet another sunrise
they all heard a loud ‘meow’ and right before Harry, a giant monster cat had appeared
Harry Possum rushed to hide himself under the roof rafters and eaves.
Hidden out of sight, breathing heavily, crouching down on his knees
to dash back out into the backyard when the right moment he might seize.
when all was clear, he had to sprint mighty fast
another night again, gathering, had become a dangerously risky task.
Meanwhile, Possum Pete had discovered some tasty peppermint leaves
now they could all return with replenishment, back to their families.
so if at twilight, you listen all around
you may hear some scuttling and movement going down,
If you think it may be a possum up in your roof or hear a rustling of a tree
think carefully before you shoot at them can you? please!
use a camera, if want to take a shot
Don’t just presume that these cute little marsupials are vermin; they are not.
Every critter has its own distinct personality
contributing to their role in our ecological society
these tiny ring tailed possum are, speedy and small
another endangered species, do you know them all?
There are Western Ring Tailed, Golden, Brush Tailed and Mountain Pygmy
have they all long been forgotten?
then there is Pogo, Captain and well, yes…
Victoria Healing ~ 8.4.2018
Possum Responsibilities ~ Hey Momma