Falling Damp and Yucky Squirmy Things

We have had days and days of torrential downpour. At first I was happy when our porta-pool, sadly depleted by a burst pipe, filled up again. Then it became ridiculous. Not to mention, cold. Even now that deluges have moderated, driving is not something one enjoys doing. You simply don’t know whether the large puddles harbour sinkholes, or whether the other motorists within collision range know what they are doing.

The more it rains
The more it rains
The more it remains
Still raining
It doesn’t take brains
To know the drains
To know the drains
Stopped draining

(Parody of The More it Snows (Tiddlely-pom) from Winnie the Pooh)

Bipalium land planarians, or hammerhead worms.

This slimy specimen appeared on the wall of the cottage today. They are only generally seen in the open in very wet conditions or at night.

Such stretched-out slugs have charming characteristics. Firstly, they eat earthworms which are good things to have in the garden. Secondly, they do so in a particularly disgusting manner, which consists of attaching themselves, pushing their ‘stomach’ outside themselves, and then starting to digest the part it attaches to. They suck the digested part in, and carry on digesting some more. Thirdly, if in a fit of disgust one chops them up into small pieces, they say, ‘Ooh, ta everso!’ while each piece grows to become a new worm. Nothing likes eating them; they are yucky. Other than, apparently, to one another. It seems they are happy to indulge in a spot of cannibalism when they run out of earthworms.

Altogether, one of the less attractive products of Nature.

© May 2017 Colonialist

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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10 Responses to Falling Damp and Yucky Squirmy Things

  1. lovely rain wordies 😀


  2. calmgrove says:

    To go from slime to slugs, from verse to worse, from Winnie the Pooh to the stuff of nightmares in one post is some going, even for you! Thank goodness I’d just finished breakfast.


  3. Debra says:

    Those yucky squirmy things would be hard for me to accept! Nature has some oddities! Hope your rainy days are coming to an end, at least for now.


  4. Plonk used to be very popular here in Australia, we are now more fastidious, our wines are have names and vintage would you believe.
    We’ve entered th civilized world at last 😈


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