A Slow-poke’s Revenge

I stepped onto the spiky grass

Off the scorching, sandy path

On the island no human being now inhabits

My cousin brought us out there in his boat

Thumping on the ocean waves

Sea spray in our faces and sun glinting off our shoulders

But I digress

I left the path

To get a closer look at the only living thing now living there

A large, dusty turtle

Who turned as rapidly as his chunky legs could manage

A slow motion revolution

Poor guy, I was gaining on him quickly

And he couldn’t stop me

Or so I thought

Turns out the slow poke had some friends

Before I overtook him

I felt sharp pin pricks on my sandaled foot

My son, who foolishly came after me

Yelped out in pain and swatted at his legs

Had I not been so preoccupied

Dancing off those ants

Body gyrating in self-defense

My dress all in a swirl

And hightailing it back to that hot, sandy path

I’m sure I would have witnessed

A turtle smile πŸ˜€


Pictures for this post are mine. I now know I’m allergic to fire ants. My legs swelled up and I got hives, mostly on my arms, that itched something fierce. Fortunately, I experienced no breathing issues but was told by the ER doctor to stay away from fire ants and it took a full week for the symptoms to subside. Posts come out when I feel like it. πŸ˜€ Scroll down to the bottom of the page to follow me or sign up to receive my posts via email. Listen to my posts on Spotify. Follow me on Instagram. Thank you for giving me some of your precious time!


4 thoughts on “A Slow-poke’s Revenge

  1. Wow! Painful experience!! Glad you’re okay. 

    Marilyn SeutterSent from my iPhone


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