Here is an instruction on how to react to hungry pythons, as given to Peace Corpsmen
serving in Brazil -- "Remember not to run away, the python can run faster. The thing
to do is to lie flat on the ground on your back with your feet together, arms at your
side, head well down. The python will then try to push its head under you, experimenting
at every possible point. Keep calm (that was underscored). "You must let him swallow
your foot. It is quite painless and it will take a long time. If you lose your head and
struggle, he will quickly whip his coils around you. If you keep calm and still, he will
go on swallowing. Wait patiently until he has swallowed up to about your knee. Then
carefully take out your knife and insert it into the distended side of his mouth and with
a quick rip slit him up."
Resource, Sept./Oct., 1992, p. 2.
For death and
life, in ceaseless strife,
Beat wild on the
And all our calm
is in that balm -
Not lost but gone
Norton (1808-1877) from Not Lost but Gone Before.
Any one can hold
the helm when the sea is calm.
Syrus (42 B.C.)