Friday, April 12, 2013

Unexpected Visitor

I look in the sink,
Notice a stick.
I reach in slowly
Then see a flick.

I get my glasses
And clearly see
A Bark Scorpion
Staring up at me.

I wash him down
As I rinse my plate.
The garbage disposal
Is his fate.

18 comments:

  1. Yow! Spiders are surprising enough, I can't imagine seeing a scorpion! My fearless hunters--2 indoor cats--would probably want a go at it, but I don't imagine scorpion poison is good for cats. I just looked up "Bark scorpion" on Wikipedia and found this under Centruroides: "most if not all fluoresce strongly under ultraviolet illumination." OMG, do you ever see them glowing?

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Diane! I love living in the desert, but one of the down sides is the critters who come for a visit. We get scorpions in the house periodically throughout the summer, but this was the earliest we've ever had one - and the first in the sink! So far none of us has been stung - including our dog who was "playing" with one last summer before we realized what she had. I think we'll get a black light flashlight this year - to see them glow. Helpful for middle of the night walks to the bathroom. =)

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    1. Hi Andromeda! I usually escort our "visitors" (spiders, moths, crickets) back out the door on a tissue, but scorpions are just too dangerous to my daughters/dog that we had to do what we had to do. Hopefully he's the last of the season...ha!

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  3. Spiders don't bother me. A scorpion, however...I might have to blow up the kitchen.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Matt! Spiders (especially Wolf Spiders or Tarantulas) are not my favorite, but scorpions are the worst part of living in the desert, oh, and the rattlesnakes. =)

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  4. Aww. But I don't blame you. I've 'disposed' of many critters in my life. It's creepy when what looks like a stick, stone or piece of fuzz starts to move!

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    1. I know, Violet! The critters in the desert have very effective camouflage that we get 'tricked' by them often. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. =)

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  5. Yikes! Growing up in India, I remember scorpions in the house upon occasion....and no garbage disposal in sight!

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    1. Tara, this is the first scorpion we've had in the sink, thus getting 'disposed' of in this manner. Usually we find them on our stone tile floor - barely seeing them which is very scary - and my husband's big shoe does the dirty work. Love hearing about other countries/climates. Thanks for stopping by. =)

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  6. Oh my gosh! No thank you! It is kind of interesting, though, that they glow! I think I'd want to get a black light flashlight too!

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    1. Thank you, Carol, for stopping by and commenting. I think scorpions are my least favorite part of living in the desert...oh, and the rattlesnakes we find occasionally in the front yard. =)

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  7. I've traveled to deserts more than once with my students Bridget, & have had to find ways to get rid of scorpions as well as being brave for my students! It wasn't fun to check tents, sleeping bags, etc. for scorpions before we went to sleep! The story was interesting, especially about eh 'stick', but I wouldn't like seeing it. Thanks! You did so well keeping the poem slim, but telling all that was needed.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! You are such a BRAVE woman! I usually call my husband to deal with most critters - if he's home. =)

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  8. Yeeks, Bridget! We have friendly geckos and nasty roaches, but thankfully no scorpions. I have empathy for the scorpion, but not as much as I would have for someone in your family who was stung! Good job on this concise commentary!

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    1. Thanks, Tamera! I love geckos and hate roaches, both of which I've seen here, too. Once after a huge monsoon rainstorm one of the man-hole covers on our street was swarming with cockroaches! Like a horror movie!

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  9. Hmmmm... animal lover that I am, I wouldn't have handled a man-hole cover swarming with cockroaches very well.

    We have scorpions in the east (Ga.), but I think they might be a different variety. Ours aren't terribly big, but they pack a wallop if you accidentally provoke one while reaching for some hay... (a memory from our recent years on the farm)!

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    1. Hi Robyn! Yes the critters around us can be dangerous and gross, but all serve a purpose in the greater ecosystem. Scorpions actually keep the cricket population down - I'd just prefer that they'd do it outside of my house. =)

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