Creepy-Crawly Poetry -
These arachnids feed on the blood of mammals and birds. They vary in colour from yellow/red to dark brown to black, and get their name from a roundish toughened plate on the back of their abdomen. The abdomen itself though is soft and flexible - allowing it to expand in size when large amounts of blood are being sucked. Hard ticks are mostly found in woodland and grassland where their bird and mammal 'hosts' reside. But watch out, because hard ticks will also feed on the blood of humans and can transmit viral diseases!
It's a Hard Tick Life
A tick in red ink means you've done something right
A hard tick means that you'll receive a bite
when it sucks your blood during the night.
A tick in black ink means you're completing a test
A hard tick bite means you won't get any rest
when you're scratching all night under your vest.
A tick in green ink means you've got the wrong pen
A hard tick bite means your discomfort won't end
and the itching will drive you round the bend.
A tick in pencil means you're not really sure
A hard tick bite means you'll scratch till you're sore
and then you'll scratch and scratch some more...