Sunday, March 20, 2016

Wordbirds, 4

Words that flew into my life from Webster’s 3rd

daboia (or daboya) noun
a venomous viper species that is endemic to parts of Southeast Asia, southern China and Taiwan (aka Russell’s viper)

Young Russell had a thing for snakes—
He read of them in many books
And always gave them loving looks—
Among his life’s most dire mistakes.

Yes, many thought he was a flake,
And when he found a brown snake near
And lifted him to show no fear,
He heard them cry, “A rattlesnake!”

But he would not admit defeat
And started dancing with the thing—
And what a song they heard him sing!
The rattler tried to keep a beat.

But it was not a rattler, Yo,
But still caused a fatality.
Daboia was the type, you see,
And when one bites, it’s time to go.

And Russell did …

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