Gator Boy

American Alligator, (Alligator mississippiensis)

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Restless brother, nature lover

One day declares, “Let’s go find gators!”

 So to the largest lake we head, to hunt his favorite prey,

 He makes us sisters tag along with greatly, increasing dismay.

 Hiking through wetlands, brambles and brush,

He implores us to keep going and quit making a fuss.

Without breaking his stride, without slowing a bit,

He’s steadily seeking the biggest one yet.

Finally, finally he reaches the bank,

Where the most gators ever always are found.

With expert precision, his eyes scan the edges

All around Lake Jessup’s huge swampy perimeter.

The muckiness drags at our shoes,

As we move cautiously forward,

Then suddenly he stops and whispers loudly, “Look at that mother!”

Not 200 feet away, way too close for our comfort,

Lay a gigantic alligator that had just eaten supper–

His side was almost splitting from the animal in it.

Yes, he’s huge, we marveled, taking a step or two back.

Then my sister grabbed up her camera and captured a snap;

Now my brother has a memory to add to his others–

As we high-tailed it out of there, until the next adventure hollered.

Based on a true story.  My brother is “Gator Boy”!

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  1. I always wanted a brother. I think …

    This is wonderful. Nicely done.

    Poem on, dear Gayle.


    • Yeah, you’d better give that some thought, Jamie. I have two older brothers–now, they are wonderful human beings–growing up with them was a whole other story!

      I’m glad you enjoyed this.


  2. this one is hilarious and cute. they were really silly boys and girls. 😦


    • My brother did this a couple of years ago while visiting home and took one of our sisters. He used to hunt snakes and all kinds of critters and bring them home when he was a boy. He still has the “hunter” in him and now likes to go find alligators! We have a huge lake here known for its large population of gators–that, of course, is where he likes to go. Scary!

      I’m glad this amused you. 🙂


      • Its not one of the very best ideas. I have read and watched that alligators can be very dangerous.

        they scare me a lot. this is one creature i wont like anywhere near me. I will be able to toler a poisonous snake but not an alligator. there is something very cruel about them.


      • Yes, alligators can be extremely vicious–I would not want to be chomped by a gator.

        Have you ever noticed that boys don’t always follow the best rational behavior…


      • these are the only animal/living thing which scare me, candidly speaking they do. there is something in them.

        men are far more irrational there is no doubt about that. 🙂


      • Alligators scare me too. Besides their enormous teeth that can chomp you in two–they pull their prey down into the water and drown them before having a snack. What a horrifying way to die!

        My brother is still very much a boy. You will not see me following him to that lake!


      • thats a smart girl. i am glad that you wont follow him to that or any such dangerous lake.

        the very look of alligators make me uneasy, and just as you say, their ways of devouring their preys is really horrifying.


      • No, he may try and get me to go but I won’t. My poor sister got wrangled into going with him. 😦


      • you know what, i might have followed him. 🙂


      • I have found other ways to spend time with my brother besides following him out into swamps looking for alligators.

        Why is it that I feel skeptical about you saying that you would have followed him… 🙂


      • well, if you were feeling skeptical, then you are wrong, because chances are ninety nine percent that i would have followed him. 🙂


      • I said that because you had said how frightened you are of alligators and won’t go anywhere near them. But perhaps your curiosity would allow you to follow him to see what they look like. I’ve seen many of them from a very safe distance–he likes to get up close and personal with them…

        Have a good time! 🙂


      • i am daredevil type. i have done things which very rare sane people will do, but i dont like to test my luck too much these days.

        i think i have reached the verge of using my “luck”

        i have a hunch feeling that i might have ventured as far as my common sense would have allowed me.


      • You just might be a very good companion for following my daredevil brother into the “wild blue yonder”! He would love to have you with him as he explores all kinds of adventures.

        I didn’t realize that you were such a daredevil type person. You should write something about those times–I would love to read something about your “wild” side. 🙂


      • okay i will share that silly side of me. thanks for giving the food to my muse. i was running out of ideas a bit.

        high chances are i would have been following your brother merrily.


      • Can’t wait to read about some of your wild escapades. 🙂


      • i will write a few within a few days for sure. 🙂


      • I really look forward to reading about them.


      • they are not half as deadly as your brothers but as dangerous as his.


      • Ooooo, I’m very intrigued! 🙂


      • dont get too intrigued. two are up in the blog. 🙂


      • Will have to go read those so I can find out what kind of person you were that was so adventurous–it’ll be fun to see what you were up to when younger–maybe still are. 🙂


      • i have made a pact with the tomboy inside me that she will lie low for a while. 🙂


      • So no more adventurous escapades for awhile? 🙂


      • If I ever move out of India I may wake the gypsy inside me again 🙂


      • OK! 🙂


      • so there are no chances at present. 🙂


  3. this is so cool Bodhirose…they can run real fast as well…enjoy and thanks for sharing this true story(+) 🙂


    • Yes, they can go very fast for short distances. This one had just eaten and had a huge bulge on one of his sides–I don’t think he could hardly budge! My sister did get a photo–this gator was enormous. Yikes!


      • Oh, Lordy be! I used to love this song and Molly Hatchet–I had forgotten about this “gator” song by them. Thanks for sharing, Soulbro!

        Are you going on the mountain tomorrow? I’m going to a wedding shower–I will not be on a mountain… No mountains to get on here anyway…

        Why did I say that…? xoxo


  4. you are welcome…yes I am going on the other side of Petersburgh pass form where I was last weekend…have fun at the wedding shower today…enjoy not worry about climbing the mountain, I always take you up in my arms on these places always…here is another song kind of teary but I Love it as this reminds me of what I just wrote you(+)
    soulbro* 🙂 xoxo—-{–@


    • Oh, that’s a sweet song–and it’s true if you should fall, you wouldn’t be alone. But I hate the idea that you could. I think that you are very careful though–right? xoxo



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