An Ode To Three Possums In The Middle Of The Road

Possums were around when dinosaurs roamed our planet.

The opossum lifespan is unusually short for a mammal of its size, usually only two to four years.

They have prints on their paws like finger prints. So if a possum gets into your stuff you can identify that culprit.

Opossums are an asset to anywhere they roam. They eat all types of bugs including cockroaches, crickets and beetles. They eat mice and rats. They are attracted to neighborhoods by available water, food or pet food left out at night. Opossums keep our neighborhoods clean and free of unwanted, harmful garden pests and rodents, which may carry diseases. The opossum is "Nature's Little Sanitation Engineer."

The Possum - George Jones - He stopped loving her today

My Buddy Dave
My Buddy Dave

An Ode To Three Possums In The Middle Of The Road

It’s a “cycling day" and I simply must ride.

It’s too pretty a day to remain inside.

The world is refreshed and is all brand new.

What a beautifully glorious day to pursue!

So many plants boldly display their blossoms.

But the roads are alive with a lot of dead possums.

If this possum plays possum for very long,

The smell will become impossibly strong.

O-possum what has rigor mortis taught us?

Did you lose the race with the hare and the tortoise?

There’s no one here to make note of his passing.

Of course the circling vultures are amassing.

Was the cause of the death ruled a suicide?

Or was the possum in the road to “hitch a ride”?

No one is there to draw a chalk line.

There is no respect to erect a little shrine.

There won’t be a formal autopsy performed.

The buzzard’s dinner is merely being warmed.

This possum has gone as many before.

But why was he there? Was he trying to score?

And just down the road is another road-kill.

Was she in the road against her will?

O-possum why are you lying there dead?

Apparently a car has run over her head!

Now another possum carcass is in the same lane.

Was there fowl play or were they all insane.

Was it an accident or a sordid plot?

This is what I wonder as their bodies rot.

Could it all be blamed on a lovers’ triangle?

Were they killed as they tried to disentangle?

Was it homicide as they were embracing?

Or were they just in the road for a bit of racing?

Except for that tell-tale tail, each could be a cat.

That tail protrudes while all else is flat.

One marsupial seems to have a sinister grin.

A speeding car gives the corpse a spin!

Weren’t they warned about possible danger?

Were two led astray by acts of a stranger?

There’s a void about their recent brief history.

Alas, we’ll never solve this nagging mystery.

Perhaps a pair was seeking love nocturnally.

And now their spirits are joined eternally.

No solutions are offered as their bodies corrode.

One rodent bloats- and may soon explode.

Let’s at least place some flowers or Mardi Gras beads?

Let’s dress up the road as the possum bleeds.

It’s with a heavy heart that I pin this “ode”.

For the three dead possums in the middle of the road!

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa.

Police say they charged a Pennsylvania man with public drunkenness after he was seen trying to resuscitate a long-dead opossum along a highway.

State police Trooper Jamie Levier says several witnesses saw 55-year-old Donald Wolfe, of Brookville, near the animal Thursday along Route 36 in Oliver Township, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

The trooper says one person saw Wolfe kneeling before the animal and gesturing as though he were conducting a séance.

He says another saw Wolfe attempting to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

When You Play a Country Song Backwards

Habee

Southern Cuisine: Baked Possum with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Now Habee swears she's never eaten her recipe!

Darth Vader Feels Blue - This is funny!

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Lady Guinevere 6 years ago from West Virginia

Besides this hub being disjointed in its information about Possums, I did write about the possum a hub too. I have a few around my area and yes they do come for the cat food that I leave out for the cats. Now I take up the cat food before we go to bed.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Gee Lady Guinevere. I'd better "hook you up". Actually most of my info I got from the Opossum Society of the US. Thank you very much for stopping by and commenting. I've seen many possums in my life. Thanks for coming by.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. I never know about this animal before, I mean in front of me. But it looks dangerous when we passing by at the street and it made of accident. Of course, we don't want it happen to us. But it looks weird when it become menu for dinner. Thanks Micky for showing me about this .Good work, my friend!

Prasetio


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Prasetio Bro! No- I'm a vegetarian. I won't eat any of this. Well - not without ketchup! Thanks Prasetio!


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msorensson 6 years ago

Funny.. but.. not funny in the end. I live in the South.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Msorennson! Thanks for stopping by! I live in North Carolina! There's hardly anything "north" about North Carolina! Thanks Dear!


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SummerSteward 6 years ago from Duluth MN

Funny hub Mickey.. I quite enjoyed it. I lived in the south once and perhaps that's why I'm now vegetarian :)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I like mine with a tad of horseradish, thank you very much! :)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Summer Dear! I am so glad you like the hub. I do love George Jones and so much country music but I love all music done with passion. Yep- I'm a vegetarian too. So maybe no possum for me. Thank you Summer. I'll come visit you soon. Thanks Dear!


kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

Brvo

its so

far below

what anyone knows

clearly shows

where one can go

and so

diamonds i throw

at you.

kimberly


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Lorlie. No hot sauce? Thank you Dear!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Kimberly Girl! You rhyme so sublime!

Please come over here anytime!

Lay down some pearls of prose!

Be the flower you are, a rose!

By any name will be as sweet!

And I will consider them all a treat!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

This one definitely not rhyme, but you gave me this one when I read your Hub. This is for you, Micky Dee. :)

POEM FOR MICKY DEE, THE MAN ON HIS BYCYCLE

He said his name is Micky Dee, but I heard they called him Michael

Look so fit, cycling everywhere

Always share his view from above his ride

Hei Mister, I salute you for your sportive passion of write

Bald and beardy; he said he is 100 years old now

But he still sound like young soul to me

Always nice, I appreciate his way of talk

I love his poem and enjoy his works so much

Micky Dee, you are inspiration to me

Maybe not the only one but surely it's fine

I admire your spirit and your thoughtful words

Thank you for always have something good to make me laugh

I have so much fun reading your works, Micky! ^_^


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

I'd rather pass 12 Opossums in the roud than 1 skunk!

D.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Freya. I needed that this morning. I needed your words very much. They came in good time! This morning I felt like I was the possum in the road. There are too many "possums" in the road. Know that I love you Dear. I have no choice. I loved you because of the Golden Rule. And now I love you for the poem you left. I love you Freya!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Micky this was funny as -loved it!


ralwus 6 years ago

I always like the furry critters, ugly as they may be. I also have wondered how George earned his nickname. Ever see one eating the corn from fresh cow pies? 'Grinnin' like a possum eatin' shit.' I have seen that. That may be why I and habee have never eaten one. Great hub Mick. CC


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Billy! Did you watch Darth and Luke? Thank you Sir!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Ouch! (blush blush blush everywhere) Psst!!! Don't let Mr. Story Teller hear you saying that! LOL.

Cheer up, Micky Dee. We all love you! ^_^


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Ralwus Dude. I love your work so much! You are so prolific! I seem to "get there" a little late! Then I read for an hour. It's a job just chasing you folks around the hubs! Thank you Sir! And I can't eat a possum. I know where they've been.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Now see there Freya! You're just making me love you more. (I won't tell)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

HMMM..LOL it's that time of year again...Possums dead everywhere. Must be kind of gross when you are riding your bike and have to see them...not to mention the smell...are there armadillos in North Carolina? They are worse than possums to me.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I was an over the road hauler for a few years and unfortunately for those possums and armadillos our 18 wheels took a lot of them to their early graves. Heck I've seen just about every furry animal there is come out of the bush to get away from the flies and when they do many of them get killed.The poor dear and moose who venture out to lick the salt put down in the winter, also get their last licks in. To many are killed, but sure helps keep the population down. And yes just like that video, some of us drivers end up in the ditch trying to avoid those critters.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Tammy! I took a picture of a possum on the yellow line just in the last hour! He was right on the yellow! We do see a lot of road kill. We see a lot of litter too. We see debris that could screw up a car and very often cyclists will remove it. Armadillos stop in South Carolina. I believe they once stayed in Florida and then Georgia. In the last decade or two I have seen armadillos in lower South Carolina. I've only seen a few. Decades ago I only saw them in Florida. Look out! The armadillos are coming! Thanks Tammy!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oops- I forgot 50 Caliber way up there. Yo! 50 Caliber Bro! We smelled a skunk today but didn't see him. And no- it wasn't me!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Saddlerider! I know what you're saying. I've hit a few critters myself. I've hit a deer once on my maiden voyage in a car. My brother used to drive a truck Too. 18 wheeling is a dangerous sport! It's so hazardous with cars on the road- then you try to save an animal's life- yikes. But deer can kill folk in cars and small trucks easy. Thanks Saddlerider! I'm very glad you stopped by. I had to turn on Patsy Cline when I got here!


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callmefoxxy 6 years ago

Ah Micky Dee, I can always count on your writings to deliver a quirky, informational, light-hearted twist! Just the thing I need to get me out of a funk and back to thinking again or possum-ly trying to think again! Love that not my job award pic, lmao over that one, hehehe. Hey Micky, how YOU doi'in?

callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I truly enjoyed the great poetry. I came away with a new respect for possums. I will no longer chase them out of my house. I will welcome the poor critters in. And hope that keeps them out of the road.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh Callmefoxxy Girl! I know it's possum-ble to think for you! You're the smart one! You get out of that funk! Foxxy Girl I'm in a meditative mode mood. I know I'm going to screw up - I just don't know how! I have some bodily parts smarting and my mind is a sieve. My soul has a hole. I'm just waiting to be whole. Thank you Dear! One Love!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

I have a respect for them too James! Almost the same respect as a rattle snake. I don't know where that possum has been. They'll have to stay in the yard with the squirrels. I can't let the squirrels in. You ever tried to house break a squirrel? Impossible. About the same as buffalo. Thank you James!


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Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh good grief Micky Dee those poor possums. Good thing you did that ode to them. Nice!! I wouldn't want them anywhere near my yard even if they are sanitation engineers lol.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

You know, Chris Eddy, I don't care for them much really. They have a terrible smile. They're cute enough when they're babies but even as babies- I don't know where they've been. I hpe you're doing great Sweet Heart!


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rust 6 years ago from East Texas Woods

We have opossums all over the neighborhood. I have no problem with them, think they're funny. They behave just like housecats, sit and preen themselves after they eat. One summer night I had the back door open and the lights out and when I went into the kitchen to get a drink I turned on the light and there was an opposum on the counter eating the cats' food. We were staring each other down. I told him to leave and turned the light back off then waited for him so I could close the door. He didn't leave until the food was gone. Weird little animals.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Rust! I like to live and let live. They are strange. I would only be concerned with rabies or something. I've seen some sick raccoons in my day. The sick ones were slow and unconcerned with humans. Oh well- we've got a lot of funny animals! Thanks for coming by Rust!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Loved it! I'll link it to mine!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

lol....vegan here. Enough said! The first picture is so adorable!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Habee! I'm glad you liked it! God bless!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Herbivore! Great to see you! I think I'd pet one before I ate one! Thanks for coming by!


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

as usual learned something new from your hub. Loved all the writing both kinds :).. stopping by every few days keeps me reading for hours catching up on everyone's Hubs.. your us usually one of the first i start with, so you know i got a few to go ..... keep writing so I can keep reading so I gets some good inspiration to keep myself writing. :) and the circle keeps building. ~Aloha~


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hi Sa'ge! It's nice to see you. Yeah- there's a bit of maintenance. I'll be over to your place soon! Thanks for stopping by. Aloha


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Zac828 6 years ago from England

what a great hub, possums, gotta love what they do. Then of course was the Vader singin the blues...brilliant.

Thank you and thanks for the comments on my hubs.


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Rossimobis 6 years ago from Biafra

Bro,this is simply amazing,it is one in a million,educative and i bookmarked it cos i gat to read it over and over,rated it up and shared it with my folks in my little world.One final thing,was happy and so so so happy when i got here and saw 112,i got same score today 112...Circling in the right circle.Thanks bro,i appreciate all i have learned from you.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Zac Dude- thank you for watching Darth Vader! I wasn't sure it belonged here so much but when I ran across it I thought I should. I can tie in the trucks singing. But it's all kina bluesy! Thank you Sir!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Rossimobis my Brother! It's so good to see you. I've neglected you for a few days so I know you have some "posts" that I am missing. Gotta go see My Bro Rossi! I love you Brother!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

We have had possums in our backyard as well as racoons and even armadillos not to mention the ever present squirrels. Lots of critters here in the South! Nice ode, Mickey!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Peggy Dear. I love your photos! I'll be over soon!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Oh, it can cause accident as well. I like your ode, but I am more amuse with the possum,

This is a great hub again, I like the videos, I like the ode and interesting things about the possum -- opposum hehe, Thank you Mick, and I smiled as well, hehe, Maita


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Hi Micky, Possums have never found there way to visit the UK so it is all news to me. I thought how cute they must be looking at the first photo, but when I saw the adult ones I changed my mind. We get lots of hedgehogs as road kill here. I think the hedgehogs end up totally flattened because they curl up in a ball when frightend. I guess evolution did not equip them too well to deal with roads. Best leave now - as I am rambling on. I enjoyed reading this and laughed out loud at times. Thanks.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey there Maita! Always great to see your avatar! I'm glad you had a good time. I'll see you you in Maitaville!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

There's sweet 2uesday. The next time I'm visiting the UK I'll try to bring a male and female. Yep- there needs to be some survival skills taught to these animals! Thank you Ma'am!


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Chris Eddy111 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Micky, I'm doing great. Thanks for stopping by my place. It's always good to hear from you. I'm smiling too.


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

I'm gonna be the holiday delicacy in my mama peaches (my grandmother) kitchen was possum. I did not know they were natures garbage man. Ye gads!!! I stopped eating the things when I saw it on her kitchen table sans skin, it look like a blasted rat. . O my God . . I need a beer.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Chris Eddy I wish Canada was where Virginia is and Australia was where Georgia is. That way you'd be next door and winter would be summer in Australia!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Now Pmccray- don't try to wash that possum down with a beer. That's why a lot of folks drink shine. They drink it before they eat though!


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Leptirela 6 years ago from I don't know half the time

Hahaha I have read the Hubs hehe GREAT WORK -very informative love the description...I must admit the most I loved was the rhyming comments :) hehe it made me laugh THANK YOU :))) I admire both yours and Kimberleys words excellent :)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Leptirela! That is so cool. I'm glad you enjoyed! I'd better saddle up and get over to your place for a bit! Thank you Dear!


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Meri Alis 6 years ago from Upstate New York

I love the truck songs- so creative!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Meri Alis! I do too. I really love the "He Stopped Loving Her Today" by George Jones. Thanks very much for watching the videos.


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Possums do seenm to be the most hit on the roads, perhaps they are a wee bit slower then coons and rabbits, or perhaps they are tired of just playing possum and want to try the real thing.....no more hanging around just a quick exit to possum heaven..whatever that might be. A two acre garbage can of food scraps and bugs galore.LOL~~MFB III


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Possum heaven: "A two acre garbage can of food scraps and bugs galore." You funny Dude you! God bless you Sir!


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possum lover 6 years ago from the backwoods just to the North of South Carolina

This is one of the coolest web sites we've seen in the possum world. Great pictures and so many stories. Can't wait to share it with everyone in the possum world, which is bigger then most imagine out there.We are always looking for new possum themes at www.northcarolinapossumdaychapter.com where everyone in the possum world can find out all of the details about our 2nd annual possum day festival right here in the piedmont of the great state of North Carolina. And right now as you are reading this Gunther is brewing up a new batch of Possum Licker for this years festival, and it will be bearing our new Possum Family Shield on the label for all to enjoy. Until then, Have a happy Possum Day !!!!!!!!


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blackreign2012 6 years ago

red neck swimming pool? lmao that is rich! Good one Micky ~Hugs~


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Happy possum day possum lover! Those animals are here for a reason. The coon is under-rated too I suppose. I live in that NC state too possum lover. Happy possum day!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Blackreign! I have a pick-up, let's go for a swim! Hugs back Dear!


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epigramman 6 years ago

remember that song by Loudon Wainwright III called - DEAD SKUNK - well Mister Dee of Mickey you are still the funniest man on hubpages - and quite possibly beyond that as well - a gift I say to humanity - you humble all the rest of us with your camaraderie, diplomacy, state of grace and good nature!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Howdy Epigramman- you know I love your work-my goodness. Then you give me these words today when I really need a pick-me-up! Thank you Brother!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Well I have seen two around my porch late at night and today middle of the day. I don't want them unless they eat ants so I have to do something. As a kid I liked their babies clinging to them, but I guess a baby anything is cute. Lilly my cat keeps all rats and mice away and she won't fight these possums so I have to think of something, I don't kill anything like that. Its ugly enough alive.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

They are some ugly animals. They look other-worldly a bit! Possums and raccoons come around here. Everything looks cuter as a baby. Watch out for the Polly!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I'll kindly try mothballs all around first. I never have food outside...well except Lilly.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Don't leave Lily! Above I meant Watch out for "them"I was falling asleep when I wrote that!


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myawn 6 years ago from Florida

I think their mean little critters I was in the yard and one growled at me. I think it had babies under the house. awesome poem!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yes, myawn, but all mommies growl about their younguns! They will will show those teeth. They look really mean and I'm sure they will bite!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

as always teh pictures put a smile on ym face, and the words, well they are from a talented writer, I am stumbling this in hopes for some traffic blessings for you.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

God bless you Rebecca! Be well my Dear!


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always exploring 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

I think little possums are kinda cute

esp. if you dress em in a little suit

Now the'possum' geo. Jones is my main man

iv,e loved him forever, i,m his # one fan

His song, ' He stopped loving her today'

Used to be the story of my life

It cut me deep, just like a knife

but iv,e learned over the years

not to listen, too many tears

now back to possums,they run amuck

splattered all over the highway

by a big old mack truck

enjoyed your hub a lot

Cheers and God Speed


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Always Exploring,

You are always adoring.

You are sublime!

AND right on time!!!


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love the little critters. When I lived out in the sticks, I left dog food out for them and "Poindexter" got very big!

My daughter, a rabid animal lover, stopped on a dark country road when she saw some suspicious movement near an opossum in the road. When she approached she saw the mama was dead, but still had four babies clinging to her trying to nurse. She pulled them off the mother opossum, choking back her puke and took them to the Wildlife Center, where they were cared for and released into the wild when healthy. I love your ode to a critter some find odious! And if the opossum's knew, they salute you, Micky Dee.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago Author

Hi Amy. Thank you folks for loving the possum. I hope Poindexter lived a long and happy life. God bless you too!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

Don´t know how l´ve missed this one. The entire hub is brilliant, but l must admit that ´´playing a country song backwards´´ has me in hysterics. Love you, man.x


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Micky Dee 5 years ago Author

God bless you dear Dim!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

came back for another read, feeling sorry for the possums. No matter how hard I try, (and I DO feel for any creature killed on the road) try, try, your poem is just too funny . I can´t help myself . Laughing out loud. Hubbie especially loves Not my job of the year award.


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Lee Strong 2 years ago

Thanks for the chuckle!

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