A Snake Yarn by W.T. Goodge

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“You talk of snakes,” said Jack the Rat,
“But blow me, one hot summer,
I seen a thing that knocked me flat –
Fourteen foot long or more than that,
It was a reg’lar hummer!
Lay right along a sort of bog,
Just like a log!

“The ugly thing was lyin’ there
And not a sign o’ movin’,
Give any man a nasty scare;
Seen nothin’ like it anywhere
Since I first started drovin’.
And yet it didn’t scare my dog.
Looked like a log!

“I had to cross that bog, yer see,
And bluey I was humpin’;
But wonderin’ what that thing could be
A-lyin’ there in front o’ me
I didn’t feel like jumpin’.
Yet, though I shivered like a frog,
It seemed a log!

“I takes a leap and lands right on
The back of that there whopper!”
He stopped.  We waited.  Then Big Mac
Remarked: “Well, then, what happened, Jack?”
“Not much,” said Jack, and drained his grog.
“It was a log!”

Bulletin, 21 January 1899

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