Reproduced here with the kind permission of Jerry Knox:
Some will say they fear the woods, for the snakes and such. I have found a different truth. One who treads the woods with care, to do no harm to tender plants, will never be surprised by any harmful thing. The very sense that guides your feet away from the violet, will alert you to the poison ivy there as well. The soft, and measured, step allows both mouse and rattlesnake time to flee your path, or hide, alert and safely unafraid, as you pass by.
But one who crashes through the brushy ways carelessly and unaware will find his way perilous indeed! Yellow jackets boil to defend their precious nest. Thorny vines find painful lodging round ankle, neck and arm. Ticks shower on his shoulders, chiggers cling to pants and legs. The rattler coils and bows his neck to fight off this bold invasion. Thrown out, repulsed by vine and fang, the intruder flees with tales of terror, and fearsome creatures lurking in the trees, and fails to see the danger in the woods was he!
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