Pothole was a young ringer

working his way out west

eradicating the prickly pear,

an imported cacti pest.


The cactoblastis grubs,

introduced to eat the pear,

became a bigger problem -

sugar cane its favourite fare.


To stop the devastation

of important cash crop earners

the cane toad was suggested

by scientific slow learners.


Cane toads over-run our state

from coast to western border,

ugly poisonous interloper

defying our natural order.


The cactoblastis has now gone,

prickly pear's an exotic fruit,

soon Pothole's prodigy will send 

our toads to China for lots 'a loot.

                By Frances Mackay, © 17-03-10