Bob Gibson

Rookie (25 April 1946 / Billingham County Durham)

A Possum's Tale - Poem by Bob Gibson

Driving home one moonless night
On a country road the only light
is from the headlights of my car
beams of light that reaches far

Around the bend two frozen eyes
Taken by complete surprise
A possum versus a ton of steel!
Thump, thump! now he's under the wheel

The possums heart ceases to beat
To a bird of pray he's just fresh meat
That night another possum yields
But for him i had to cross two fields!

For these creatures of the night
Its a shame they have such poor eyesight!
The light must hypnotise their brain
Either that, or they are insane!

Comments about A Possum's Tale by Bob Gibson

  • (8/20/2009 8:30:00 AM)

    Poor possum! We have two possums go crashing over our roof every night up to no good I would say. In Australia kangaroos are mesmerized my head lights and they put huge dents in cars.
    Well written with a great ending! love Karin
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  • (7/11/2009 9:27:00 AM)

    For several million years, in fact for the entire time possums were becoming possums, the only bright light at night was the moon. Instinct takes a long time to learn new tricks. Of course this doesn't explain why a possum would stare at the moon, but then again it may explain why we humans stare at tv's. (Report) Reply

  • Fay Slimm (6/14/2009 8:49:00 PM)

    Sad narrative as far as the possum went Bob - - but told, as your readers have already said, with style and humour..... loved your last line too! ! you are in good form with your wit Bob.... now I must go write one about the slugs which keep getting run over around here.... uuugh maybe not though! ! 10 + ++ Fay. (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2009 8:43:00 PM)

    A good poem that only a country boy could write.

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  • David Threadgold (9/24/2008 1:25:00 AM)

    Hi Bob. I've often seen rabbits act just the same when caught in the headlights they just freeze and hope for the best. Good read well done Regards Dave T (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2008 12:35:00 AM)

    But for him i had to cross two fields! i really enjoyed this said it right, Bob..i have always noticed frogs jump towards light...words humorous easy going...10 (Report) Reply

  • (6/22/2008 10:03:00 AM)

    I enjoyed reading this poem, it brought a smile to my face. No possum in SAfrica, we have small antelope to contend with. Bob (Report) Reply

  • (4/12/2008 2:25:00 PM)

    So true and wonderful to readl! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Sadly I trap them! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 12, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, June 18, 2008

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