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What Makes the Muskrat Guard His Musk?




What makes a King out of a slave?
Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave?
Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk, in the misty mist or the dusky dusk?
What makes the muskrat guard his musk?
Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?
Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder?
Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot?
What have they got that I ain’t got?
(All Four):
Then you can say that again!         — Words from the timeless (and indubitably immortal) Wizard of Oz


Muskrat carrying leaves to his underwater den…(Photo taken last spring) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2018

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    • Ain’t dat da truth for all of us! 🙂
      I haven’t got a brain… only straw.

      How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?

      I don’t know… But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… don’t they?

      Yes, I guess you’re right.


  1. There was a muskrat at Council Point Park today … someone pointed him out to me but all I could see was the water streaming behind its tail … I do see them from time to time down there.


  2. Courage! It’s easier when your friends stand with you. Great movie. Great scene. Cute little muskrat, too.


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