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Nature Haikus – Road Kill

An Opossum up close!
Opossum that wasn’t roadkill.

By Young Naturalist C

Road Kill
Blood is everywhere
Unlucky small animal
Torn into pieces

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24 responses

  1. She told this to me over the phone! She also said that is going to be in the local News Paper, a tad bit gory but good. The opossum was a cute touch 🙂

    26 November 2007 at 7:10 pm

  2. Wow – been listening to Marilyn Manson again, have you?

    26 November 2007 at 7:55 pm

  3. Marg

    That opposum is cute-glad it’s not a photo of Road Kill congrats to C for being published in local paper too!

    26 November 2007 at 8:06 pm

  4. NaturesPalette

    What a cutie! Just today I saw one mushed in the middle of the road. It makes me so sad.

    26 November 2007 at 8:46 pm

  5. Lisa at Greenbow

    That haiku made me think of the massacre I saw this weekend on the highway only it was not one but 2 large deer. UGH Not a good way to cull the deer. It happens often at this particular spot. They built a high concrete divider in a section of highway that traps all manner of animals. Sad.

    26 November 2007 at 9:45 pm

  6. @ YN-J This was a great one for sure! I couldn’t wait to post this!
    @ marty – lol this is commonly found nature! Nothing to do with MM!
    @ Marg – Was going to do a video of the porcupine walking down the road but just didn’t get around to editing it! She did awesome!
    @ NaturePalette – I just knew this would be the perfect roadkill picture (without being as the poem describes)!
    @ Lisa – Ugg, hate when we find deer like that! Ugg!

    26 November 2007 at 9:55 pm

  7. Cute opossum and I am glad it is alive. I worry about deer when driving at dusk and dawn. We have too many in urban areas now.

    26 November 2007 at 10:32 pm

  8. I’m glad that isn’t the roadkill picture. I saw a possum roadkill on our way to the country yesterday. They just move too slow. I’m one of the people who think possums are cute. Look at that face!
    Young naturalist C. That is a very honest poem. So happy to hear you’ll be in the paper.

    26 November 2007 at 10:52 pm

  9. i always thought possums were a little cute. especially when they are little. gruesome poem but cute. ~nita~

    27 November 2007 at 1:23 am

  10. I love that close-up photo of the possum. I didn’t realize they have all those long whiskers around their face. I, too, see many more dead ones on the road than I see live ones in my backyard. Sadly, I think some people go out of their way to hit them…

    27 November 2007 at 6:45 am

  11. @ Ruth – Deer can be a huge problem at night! Thanks
    @ Erie – She does great and very excited for her!
    @ Nita – they are with their sausage toes! Thanks
    @ Ruthie – It is amazing what you see when you find these guys up close! thanks

    27 November 2007 at 7:37 am

  12. awe. a beautiful post as we head to winter, and the animals head to the warm concrete of roads.

    27 November 2007 at 8:43 am

  13. I never could write Haikus so admire those who can.
    Tell her wonderful job.

    27 November 2007 at 9:21 am

  14. When we drove from Washington to California last month we noticed the highway is littered with roadkills. It was gruesome and surprising. Of course it is has become the vultures’ cafe, as long as they know to stay out of the way of traffic. Great haiku.

    27 November 2007 at 10:59 am

  15. Glad this possum isn’t roadkill! Or should I say I’m glad you didn’t show us a roadkill photo! Another great haiku from C!

    27 November 2007 at 4:49 pm

  16. Grace

    Possums are suicidal. They can be perfectly safe on the side of the road, but run under your car at the last minute.

    27 November 2007 at 5:07 pm

  17. My husband has been trapping the opossums that come into our backyard and relocating them to a safer place.
    We see too many wild aminals killed on the road way in front of our house. He traps the raccoons too! They both really like stale donuts.
    Sad but true haiku.

    27 November 2007 at 6:54 pm

  18. I have always thought they were cute. The last one I saw alive was back in the late 70’s! A babe that visited my back door one day.

    It’s sad to see so many that don’t make it.

    27 November 2007 at 8:26 pm

  19. @ jennimi – thanks and sometimes head to the wrong places! Great seeing you this weekend!
    @ Toni – I couldn’t eather but glad to have Young Naturalist C and her sister E (who I will be posting one of here soon) on my team!
    @ Robin – lots of roadkill! Aww poor things! I bet vultures would make a great haiku!
    @ Pam – Hard to come up with something that gave the roadkill impression! Wasn’t easy but Opossum seemed to fit for C’s wonderful poem!
    @ Grace – They sure can be goofy like that! Thanks
    @ Sherry – I do that with raccoons/skunks but never caught a Opossum! I use old tunafish or cat food!
    @ Mary – They are funny to find! Love the red eyes!! Not since the 70’s hmm!

    27 November 2007 at 9:05 pm

  20. Congrats to Young Naturalist C.
    Road kill really pulls at my soul, as I tend to extrapolate it to a global level (i.e.; how many dead critters litter the roads at any given moment, worldwide.) <:( Sometimes I need to think less…
    Love the ‘possum picture. That made me happier.

    28 November 2007 at 12:29 am

  21. Such a lovely opossum! I love these guys, and it always pains me so much to see them as roadkill.

    28 November 2007 at 1:58 pm

  22. Well, I just had to add a comment here. Yes, I’m known as Possumlady to friends. I do love them so. I don’t know how anyone can think they are ugly. I have a number of them coming up to my front porch for dry cat kibble every night. I just saw a possum crawling down a tree for the first time. Very slow and head first.

    28 November 2007 at 4:44 pm

  23. They’re cool little creatures.I accidentally caught one in my have-a heart trap once. It wasn’t a pretty sight as the poor animal tried to bite its way out.

    28 November 2007 at 5:59 pm

  24. @ Lana – didn’t she do great? Then again, think of how many bunnies etc. . are born each day!
    @ Lisa – thanks and I probably see more porcupines than Opossums!
    @ Christine – That should be your user name, Possumlady! Thanks you commented and welcome to the blog! They are so fun to watch! Thanks for sharing!
    @ Larry – they sure are! They are strange animals for sure!

    28 November 2007 at 9:44 pm

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