Beauty and the Beast Downunder ABCDerian
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Amphibians: frogs and those darn imported toads
Bonking voices stopped dead, on asphalt roads.
Cockroaches; Giant, Mathews and the clean but Common Brown
Devastating equilibrium of girls in every town.
Ephemeroptera, get to skim still waters but a day,
Fly fishers love these swift mountain Flies of May.
Gorgeous tiny Gliders, of emu feathered, silent flight,
Hurry to the bush, sit still, you might see one tonight.
Incredible potters, forming homes like pots of ancient times,
Jug Making Wasps, what can one say, they truly blow ones mind.
Kangaroos on key rings and coasters, may be nice enough,
Lock up your good work dogs or there'll be guts spilled in the dust.
Monsters in the sea so warm, lurk in beautiful disguise.
Never underestimate the frail and lovely Jellyfish - or die.
Oh! donít forget the coffin headed Taipan, the deadliest of all,
Perhaps you've met our Tiger Snake, strike is swift, head is small.
Quake in fear if you are struck, go for help, you must not fail,
Remember, if you crack his back, make sure to hold his tail.
Spiders sporting Redbacks, lurk in every outside dunny,
Termites are building condos up North where it is sunny.
Unwisely stepping on the shore in bare feet is a risk,
Vaccines are sadly not available for every single pest.
Worry not, though weary traveller, just avoid our large goanna.
Xyleutes affinis, Ah! this sweet Wood Moth is bigger than a...
(You've stayed with me this long, so take a breath and hold your hat)
Zyzomys argurus, a sleek bush boy, our very own Fat Tailed Rat.
Not the poem which we have read, but that to which we return, with the greatest pleasure, possesses the power and claims the name of essential poetry.