Poetry Friday – Thoughts and Alligators

It’s Friday! And you know what that means: Poetry! Want to know more about Poetry Friday? Click this link right here. And be sure to check out A Journey Through the Pages to see this week’s round up of wonderful poetry related posts, blogs and goodness.
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I am giving away a signed copy of Rodzilla, written by Rob Sanders and illustrated by Dan Santat. Enter here!

Like so many others, I am speechless, baffled and horrified by all the hate in the world. I’ve tried to wrap my head around it and I just can’t. Hatred is so insidious and vile and it has been left to fester for so long. How can I even begin to make a difference as an individual?
While pondering all this, something that my daughter said a few months back came to my mind. I wrote a longer post about the encounter, which you can read here, but what she told me just blew me away. She said “love is stronger than strong.” And it is. How do we combat hate? By opening our hearts and showing more empathy and compassion. It certainly is a start.
Now on to something a little more lighthearted. For those wondering, my daughter’s and my pedicures went fabulously. She, of course, got sparkly pink toes, while I’m now sporting dark purple on my digits.
This week I drew some inspiration from a not-so-little reptile friend. As an aside: did you know that alligators are more closely related to birds than to other lizards? Crazy!
Anyway,  there is a golf course near our house where I often see an alligator basking in the sun. He just plops himself down and relaxes. It got me to thinking about summer days and how animals spend their free time. So I came up with this little poem.
Sunbathing
He lumbers
Over the weedy bank,
Dragging his scaly belly
through cool mud.
Summer rays
Warm his armored back
While egrets and herons
Fish nearby.
One quick CHOMP!
Is all it would take.
But even old gators
Need lazy days.

18 thoughts on “Poetry Friday – Thoughts and Alligators

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  1. Thank you, Rebecca, for offering this Florida-style poem for my summer gallery, Sunkissed Summer. It was so much fun to open Twitter and find it waiting for me. I enjoyed reading it so much that I sent it out via Twitter immediately.

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  2. How nice to meet an indifferent alligator. I can't imagine running into one in everyday life. I love how everyone's normal is so different. I also love your poem. It's very tactile, as is the photo!

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  3. Everybody needs a day off now and then! Ooh, I just thought of a fun picture book connection to your poem! You must get Professional Crocodile by Giovanna Zoboli and tell me what you think!

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  4. Growing up in Orlando, gators were the only critters that I was particularly afraid of… I think because they could get you on land or in water! We've got them here in the lowcountry, of course, too. Always glad if they are enjoying an afternoon siesta rather than a meal, when close to us humans and our dogs and such… ;0) Terrific poem!

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  5. It's pretty crazy what you get used to. We have a pond/reservoir about 75 steps from our townhome (in the middle of the city–not out in the boonies). There was a baby gator there, which probably means a big mama too.

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