Good Luck in Nature Park

As the sun begins to set, individuals, bicyclists and family picnickers quickly make their way out from Nature Park. Due to recent night vandalism and violent gang fights, city officials close the park from sunset until the next morning sunrise. Today, an elderly couple, both assisted with aluminum walkers, slowly hobble down the gravel pathway. It would be dark in thirty minutes. “Hurry, dear,” sighed the old man turning to look back at his wife trailing behind him. Suddenly, the old woman screams, “SNAAKKE, HEEELLP MEEE!” Shuffling back and almost tripping over the loose gravel rocks, the old man aims for the snake’s head. His walker becomes his death tool to save his best friend from a hooded hissing fiend!

He looks down and if his dimming vision is correct, this is the deadly puff adder* snake. Their poisonous breath, he believes, can kill a person from over twenty feet distance. Fear takes this man. Abruptly, the snake lets out a foul odor followed by oozing fecal matter. Then, flip! At his feet, now lay the dead snake; tongue hanging from its mouth and dripping small droplets of blood. Geez, thinks the old man, what good luck I am having today!

Photo Copyright: Meme

best death pose actors
hognose snake waits then resurrects
escape artist stage left

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*Puff adder snake is another name for the Hognose snake. Their breath, in reality, is not deadly to humans; actually, they are very shy and rarely bite humans.

Inspiration and photo source via Ligo Haibun Challenge.

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34 thoughts on “Good Luck in Nature Park

  1. Sonel says:

    Shame, the poor snake. It just shows you what beliefs and superstitions do. Well written Sunshine! 😀

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    • Sunshine says:

      actually, the snake, well the Hognose snake, plays dead. they watch to see when the tormentor decides to leave, then they get up and slither away. how awesome is that for a snake? ha ha.
      thanks, Sonel and ☼sunHUGS!

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      • Sonel says:

        Oh, that is good news indeed Sunshine! I love snakes..heheheh. They are so awesome! Thanks again for a lovely story. 😀 *hugs*

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      • Sonel says:

        hahah, I wish! No, I would not bother them but don’t mind touching the non-poisonous ones but to me they are all so beautiful and it hurts me when I hear of one being killed. *hugs*

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      • Sunshine says:

        you did not hear i actually killed an innocent rat snake then. i thought he was poisonous. now i know…but poor snake. but i buried him well and left some flowers on his grave. ☺

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      • Sonel says:

        Uhmmm..I usually skip posts like that..LOL! But thanks for giving it a lovely burial and lovely flowers. You are so sweet and you are forgiven. I am sure the rat snake knows you didn’t mean it. 😀 *hugs*

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    • Sunshine says:

      Little Binky…you must not hiss like a snake and do NOT hunt them. although, if you see small grass snakes, by all means, attack and consume them…eww, but only if you must eat something snaky. ☺

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    • Sunshine says:

      thanks, Padmini! actually, i guess my writing was a bit, or maybe very unclear…lol…the snake actually plays dead. once the threat goes away, the snake gets up and slithers away. the Hognose snakes, aka puff adders are known to be the best at bluffing in the snake world. ha ha.
      so, not to worry about the snake…it’s alive and well. ☺

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  2. 1EarthUnited says:

    Nicely scribed, it seems violence begets violence in our little eden. And the snake is forever playing his role as provocateur. Love your haiku, c’est très magnifique! ♥

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  3. Kozo Hattori says:

    I’ll try this next time I’m confronted–pass gas, poop myself, then lay on my back. What do you think? Great story for the year of the snake. Also, goes to show how our enemies are often harmless. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

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    • Sunshine says:

      oh, don’t forget to drop out your tongue and drip small amounts of blood…you got to get in total dead character. okay, Kozo, time for your rehearsals…☺

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  4. steph says:

    Nicely done.. and I learned something. I always enjoy that. Your haiku sums up your story so well. I lived in Costa Rica for awhile. Every time a local (or visitor for that matter) saw a snake they killed it if they could. That drove me crazy. I’m glad your snake has a built in safety measure. Great story!

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    • Sunshine says:

      it’s all the poisonous snakes fault…ha ha. but seriously, snakes do play an important part in keeping rodent populations in check but i can understand the desire to kill anything that slithers like snake. if we just walk away, most of them would leave us alone. i bet Costa Rica is snake country…just seems like perfect weather for them. Thanks for sharing, Steph. ☺

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    • Sunshine says:

      amazing snake, the hognose. in real life it is master when it comes to “playing dead.” i wish all snakes come equipped with this magic trick. i think many would end up staying alive rather than people freaking out and hacking them to death. thanks, Sarah for reading & sharing…you bring smiles ☺

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