The Rehomed Snake, and Other Tragedies
Farewell, good snake, farewell! From now no-one can tell Where once you shed, and made your bed, And guzzled food as well. So long, long guest no longer. Though cursed, may you live stronger And be blessed with lots of little snakes To thrive and writhe and wander. Goodbye, spider, goodbye! I'll miss each of your eyes, With which you gazed and stared, unphased, Upon each poor, doomed fly. Adieu my hairy pet; My heart feels such regret As I recall that bathtub scene Where you got all dead, and wet. Much love, my mouse, much love. Oh! Gone to heavenly hole above! All the dear memories I still recall Will never be enough. Like when you hid on Gwenda's plate, Inside the roll, before she ate. From the shock she sadly died And now you, too, have shared her fate. Just go, Gecko! Just go! I can't take the woe! Such good times shared, such friends we were Until, flew in, the crow. I tried to get it off you, honest! Throwing in my tortoise, Horace, But, alas, he landed upside down, And now I've lost you, my fondest. Now, mother says â€œPETS ARE DONE!â€? For me, no more, not even one. But she doesn't know I've hid a sneaky Critter in the rabbit run! She'll never check, she'll never learn! If she did, she'd be, well...stern, But no-one sees what's underground, Deep down, in the mud, lives my pet worm.