Scat Scrutiny

Scat Scrutiny

A Poem by barleygirl
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a wilderness obsession . . .

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Country dwellers make a note of scat
to identify the source of an ample splat
droppings may disclose a stalking bobcat
or an infestation of mice and rats.

Good to know whenever backpacking
what shrewd varmints might be ransacking
berry-pocked heaps are most nerve-wracking
my revolver and I are ready for whacking.

Morning doorstep is newly decorated
unidentified bowels have been evacuated
all midsize rodents have been fully baited
so what nightly guest has duly donated?

Patio nights are a tree frog rendezvous
a crowd of amphibians do a loud ballyhoo
surely much too tiny to produce such poo
in the water bowl I spy a breakthrough.

There squats a frog massive and fat
damn near as big as a woodland rat
an army of insects he must combat
to bestow such a load of notable scat!

© 2018 barleygirl


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I am definitely a city girl....I wouldn't know a woodland rat from an alley rat. I certainly would not be able to determine what creature left a "gift" on the front doorstep! I had a smile on my face while reading this though. Thanks, Margie! Lydi**

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

I love your comparison to city life . . . reminds me just what a hick I am! *wink! wink!* Thanks for.. read more



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Lol this made me smile- wonderfully playful and enticing with images of wildlife and nature so true- all needing to use the loo...great write made me smile...🌹

Posted 1 Year Ago


Glad I'm not the only one

Posted 1 Year Ago


Great rhymes throughout and a fun little jaunt through woodland life. Your subject matter is unique (fitting since no two poos are the same) and your rhythm set an easily enjoyable pace. What a great hike!

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barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Thank you for your fun & encouraging review! I am blessed to live next to a huge wilderness area, so.. read more
Omg i had to read this!!! I love the humor ave your rhyming is dead on perfect!!! Loved my read!

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barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic read! There is so much sorrow & strife in our world, I find .. read more
Rebecca J Martin

1 Year Ago

that's awesome!!! It's like with my story I'm writing... I try and add as much funny parts as I pos.. read more
You ain’t seen our roo droppings yet they are rather abundant when u come across but I’m in suburbs here so don’t see them but have on occasions when on a country holiday

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barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Definitely a scat point of view I hadn’t thought of! I can imagine the heaps those big boys would .. read more
Scatologically sound poem Margie! Your word use, imagery, rhyming is so on-point as are the cadence and verse construction. Amazing how masterful you are with all that! Poo is a considerable subject- whether in country or city.Pooper-scooping is such an elegant, eloquent?, activity. Have seen huge bullfrogs in Florida, and now I will know to look out for their leavings! Yup, deer, racoon, black bear up in the Adirondacks leave their editorials in the road for our perusal too. Your poem brought a big smile today. Thanks!

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barleygirl

1 Year Ago

I love the way you run thru a wide variety of scatology sightings from your coast. Always bubbling w.. read more
Annette Pisano-Higley

1 Year Ago

((((Margie & Pups))))) xo from Annette & Pebbles
yes loved this love your down to earth nitty gritty way of expressing yourself dirt and all.
love your style x

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

I used to think country living was so simple & sparse, there’s nothing interesting to write about... read more
Juliespenhere

1 Year Ago

Only a wild woman in her wildest dreams could see the beauty and write so comically about poo Margi.. read more
Ah, Bgirl. I want to say this in the most delicate way, but this poem was a load of crap. ;-)
We used to do a lot of canoe trips and keeping an eye open for black bear scat was always a prerequisite
for determining a good campsite.
A pile of poo and we moved on.
I s**t you not!!!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

You are hilarious (in a most delicate way) & your review reflects the true concerns during outdoor a.. read more
this is one rhyming poem and it is something different

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barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Thank you for stopping by to find out how the country folk live! *smile* Fondly, Margie
You sound like a researching wildlife conservationist, looking for calling cards of the wild with your revolver ready for whacking. I was wondering if you get donations from snakes? ( Snakes and lizards are not my favorite animals) until I read the Scat Scrutiny I was under the impression that your dwelling area is a paradise, where you can roam with out stepping onto any deposits. In the city we do have to mind our step.

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barleygirl

1 Year Ago

In populated areas, the scat survey is different – identifying which neighbor let their dog take a.. read more
Mrudula Rani

1 Year Ago

The surprises nature leaves at your door are really something to write about. Do keep safe. Um beijo.. read more

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