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Not a woodsy person...
by Ed Matlack
Friday, February 20, 2009
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ED KOSTRO, where are you when I need you...?


 

I’ve never much liked the woods,

As a Boy Scout I wanted to stay in a motel,

Most here in the campground, not I, have a fire ring,

So at night when its warm they can sit out & sing…

 

I do have to take Rufuz for an every nightly walk,

That doesn’t say I enjoy it, but to him I can talk,

I carry a super bright flashlight normally,

And every so often a walking stick that might,

Be some semblance of protection, nominally…

 

I don’t & won’t own a gun,

And I don’t mind the woods in the sun,

But this night, just less than an hour ago,

Rufuz did growl & bark, which he doesn’t usually do,

And in my beam from the light, a largish animal,

With eyes like a dogs, but much bigger, did parallel our path…

 

I wouldn’t want to see it hurt, but rocks I threw because,

He was getting closer to our path, on the other side of small creek,

I have this Rambo-ish style knife thing that from now on I will carry,

And better yet, in the back woods behind the campground,

I will never again in the dark of night tarry…

© ed ;-( 2/20/09

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Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 3/1/2009
Nice scary poem!
Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/28/2009
I stay away from the woods at night myself
could that have been the infamous "Jersey Devil??"
One never knows do one?
Stay safe Brother
Peace be with you

William


Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 2/26/2009
I am a woodsy person myself & love wild game & shooting guns
however under these poetic words I would say "High-tail it"
Enjoyed the read Ed
Peace, Love & Poetry
Vickie
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 2/23/2009
There is much beauty and fun in the woods but when it is dark, one must stay away as otherwise a danger might meet him somewhere probably at a most inopportune time. Thanks for this wónderful poem of fear and wisdom. George guided me to this and I enjoyed reading it so much
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 2/23/2009
Oooohhhhh!!!!! This one is scary!!!!! You'll never know what it was that haunts you both. Perhaps, Rufuz knew it wasn't a friendly being. You were wise to think that you would not walk in the dark again.

Sandie Angel :(

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 2/21/2009
You sent shivers up my spine..Gotta watch out for those bumps in the night! Great poem, Ed.
Much peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 2/21/2009
JOISEY - I WUZ GONNA CALL YEW A BIG WUSS!

BUTT - DEN I DUN RED WOT PEE-WEE DUN ROTE - BEE KAREFULL OUT DERE!

SUPHOSE IT WAZ BIGFOOT- SATCHSQUATCH -

A LONG SWORD MITE B BEDDER DAN A LIL RAMBO NIFE!

N' A GUD OLE WHISTLE TO BLOW MITE CUD DO MOOR GOODER!

HELL - U CUD EBEN STAKE OUT OLE RUFIE ON A LEASH -
N' DON' GO WAKIN' IN DEM DAR WUDS!

YUR FIEND - TOMKAT ...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/21/2009
I hope it wasn't a predator for there are a lot of other wildlife out there that in the dark of night and shadows can be pretty frightening when not expected for example a deer in the dark and behind bushes head on with eyes aglow from your flashlight can defiately give one a start. If you walk that way in the day you should look around the ground for tracks of animals...the size alone will give you a hint.

Fee
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/21/2009
Dear lil'brother, we don't want you to get hurt, so, next time you venture in the dark, carry a pair of cymbals and make the hell of a racked, if the monsters don't go away, at least will be too entertained to be mean to you.

Edvard(k)

Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 2/20/2009
Ed,

Sounds like you may have had a brush with a nasty animal. Thank goodness Rufuz warned you. Things do go "bump" in the night.

Mary
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/20/2009
If it was bigger than Rufuz, it was most likely a black bear, Bro. I've encountered black bears, coyotes, and even a few timber wolves in the wood, but the only critter I hope I never encounter in the woods is a cougar. The big cat predators are by far, the most dangerous, especially if hungry, or hurt.

I predicted some time ago that unless we stop killing off their natural prey, and stop destroying all their natural habitat, one day soon there's gonna be another war - man against remaining predators - and in many cases, man ain't gonna fare very well.

They've already spotted several pairs of cougars around the Great Lakes, and I, for one, hope I never run into them. Be very careful out there.
Reviewed by John Coppolella 2/20/2009
The stuff of nightmares. Well done, Ed!

Rockie Coppolella
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/20/2009
Glad you and Rufuz are okay, Ed. Wow. Stay safe, hear?

(((HUGS))) love and prayer, Karla.



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