Poems of the Week

“Please stop licking psychedelic toads, National Park Service warns”

The Washington Post

by Bruce Bennett

We warn you, and we’ll thank you loads,
if you refrain from licking toads.

It’s true they may be psychedelic,
inducing flights that are angelic,

But toxins they exude can kill
a dog, or you, and sometimes will,

So please, refrain. Resist temptation.
Pursue some healthier elation.

Enjoy our woods. Don’t seek some drug.
And don’t kiss a banana slug.