The Northern Plague by Dave Hanks

In the land of the voracious mosquito,
	  In the land of bog and lake; 
	    They attack you, they bite you, and they suck you –
	      Miserable your life they can make!

	In the land of the voracious mosquito,
	  Be prepared for goodness sake –
	    With spray, with netting, with long sleeves –
	      To reduce the blood they take.

	In the land of the voracious mosquito,
	  Go arrayed in peculiar gear,
	    Weird hats, weird boots, weird people –
	      Garbed out from foot to ear.

	In the land of the voracious mosquito,
	  This is a point I want to make clear –
	    Go lacquered, go covered, and go dauntless –
	      If ready, go forth without fear.

    (Mosquito habitat in Alaska - None like it in the lower 48)


2 thoughts on “The Northern Plague by Dave Hanks

  1. Love your poem- I’m so glad I can’t empathize. North Carolina chiggers are no fun, but it sounds like they don’t even come close to those Alaskan mosquitoes.

    • Response from my Uncle (who creates the content for this blog). “We’ve had some experience with chiggers in south padre island when we naively sat out on a lawn. Miserable!”.

      (I maintain the site here for him)

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