A Haiku, The Critters

I was creek fishing a few years ago, and I cast my line upstream and noticed what looked like a skinny log coming towards me. I stepped to the side to let it pass by and saw it slither in the stream. It was a snake. I said to myself, “hmm, that was interesting,” and continued on with my fishing. Within a minute, here come two more “skinny logs.” Two more snakes coming downstream. I decided to move out of the water for a moment to try a different lure. I was curious about the snakes all of a sudden coming downstream. I was fishing in that creek for at least two hours before the snakes came floating by. I looked in the sky and noticed birds flying with great haste as if they were in a hurry to move out of the area. No sooner I finished the thought, there was a fierce earth-shaking lightning strike. What followed was the worst storm we had in that area for the entire summer. It caused flash floods, downed trees, power outages—even a tornado briefly touchdown. I often think about that experience. There was no doubt the critters in the area knew something was coming our way.
Nature is an incredible thing. Needless to say, I wrote a haiku about the experience!

Whipping winds, dark clouds
Lightning crashes the silence
Critters keen senses

Let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading!

Travis J. McRoy 2021 All Rights Reserved
Image by illusion-X from Pixabay 

25 thoughts on “A Haiku, The Critters

    1. It is really something else how they are able to sense the changes. From cows to snakes, they all sense something for sure. I recently found a video of cats in a pet store reacting to an earthquake before it hit. You speak the truth on that, much better than man made machines!

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      1. That would be absolutely fantastic! I hope we get to that point someday. Although, the thought of my dog staring at me saying, “dad, dad, dad, dad, dad, dad” until I throw his ball is troubling. 😂

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  1. 💜 “Keen senses” ARE One of The Many Natural Traits We ‘Smart’ Humans have Forgotten; those Humans who haven’t Forgotten Follow “The Critters”


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      1. 💜 YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome and Thank YOU!!! for YOUR!!! Kind Words SupaSouBro; it’s a Pleasure to Share and Serve, Stay Strong and Serene


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    1. Haha! I could totally see that, but it is all true. I was stuck under a bridge for about 30 minutes until there was a break in the storm. I still attempted to fish, but the lightning strikes felt so close I figured, okay, probably not the best idea. So I just continued to watch a few more snakes float by. A few of the snakes were not happy with the slower stream, so they were actually slithering downstream. Impatient little buggers!😁

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      1. So weird! With your writing style and abilities, you can certainly weave that into a fictional piece, if you choose. When I was a youngster, we were skiing when the sky turned ugly. My mom was behind the boat when my hair stood straight due to the electrical charge in the air. It was clearly time to get off the water! 😱 Fortunately, we did so safely!
        Great story, Travis.

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    1. It’s really incredible! There is no doubt they sense something. The videos of cats reacting to earthquakes before they happen is really something else. For me, every video ends the same, me saying, “How? How? What do you feel? I don’t get it!” haha.😁

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