Friday, January 25, 2013

River-of-Grass Beast

Florida Python
This picture is from http://smithsonianscience.org


A monster Burmese Python,
captured in the Everglades,
breaking the state size record,
stretching seventeen feet seven inches,
bursting with 87 eggs.
This thing--monstrous--
A foot wide.
The snake-- under surveillance--
fitted with a radio transmitter,
like a captured spy,
a double agent, a Judas snake.
It’s usefulness at an end.
it was euthanized.

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On Tuesday August 14, 2012, there was a story in the Orlando Sentinel about the Burmese Pythons in the Everglades.  I did a news print poem about it, but I didn’t post it because I used another poem that day.

Florida has instituted “The Great Python Challenge” to try to reduce the numbers of these snakes in Florida.  It’s a one-month hunting season for pythons with a prize of $1,500 for whoever kills the most and a $1,000 prize for whoever gets the largest.

Burmese pythons in the Everglades are big news right now.  Senator Bill Nelson was out hunting pythons last week, and Stephen Colbert did a segment about the python hunt on his show this week.