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 McKay

Copyright © – Frances Mackay 17-03-10