Dave Verralls RPV*****

Dave Verralls RPV*****

A Poem by Norman223

Dave Verall is a well known Australian songwriter, ecologist and naturalist who conducts trips around the outback of South Australia. This is an account of one of those "expeditions"


T'was on a night excursion

With a naturalist called Dave Verall

He drove a coach with a large searchlight  

So we could see the feral

Wombats on nocturnal jaunts

Roaming in their natural haunts


We sought them here,

 We sought them there

We sought those wombats everywhere.

Dave’s searchlight traversed every bump

But only one of them was a wombat’s rump.


We did much better with kangaroo

And even saw a rabbit or two

And some gleaming specks, which to our surprise

Were assured by Dave to be spiders’ eyes.


Then some of us watched with some unease

As Dave drove with his head at ninety degrees

 To the road, till someone yelled from the back

“Look out Dave, you’re running out of track”.


And then he startled all of us

Shouting “What was that?” as he reversed the bus

And there, lying on a bale of hay

A  toy silver plastic robot lay.


As an ecologist, Dave was  faithfully writing

Details of every nocturnal sighting.

But under which genus do you  classify

 Roboticum Plasticus Verallii*****


© 2018 Norman223

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The best part of this poem is the way it has this jovial playful rhythm which is in keeping with the bouncing along that you describe! Love the rhming, too! Nice details so the reader visualizes the whole thing! Your delightful sense of humor is always the antidote to a world gone mad (((HUGS)))

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1 Year Ago

These "travelogues" are now my only link with the wonders of Australia. Compared with the routine of.. read more

1 Year Ago

I know exactly what you mean. I surprise myself when writing about my hiking experiences . . . it's .. read more
Had to laugh at this write. A man who loves nature being startled by a toy plastic robot. Should have been a plastic wombat! Cute write. Valentine

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1 Year Ago

This was a factual account that I wrote for the last night of the week's excursion as a "thank you".. read more

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Added on February 24, 2016
Last Updated on January 9, 2018



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