Assay: An Alligator

alligator on golf course 2 may 5


The alligator sat silently

beginning to assay the people around

is this a place worth laying

is there danger abound


The sun is warm

there are pictures being taken

the alligator closes his eyes

not wanting to be awaken


Among the gawkers

there is a young man

shooting golf balls at the gator

close to the sand


Balls begin to hit the gator

he is not amused

eyes wide open

not waiting to be excused


Mouth open

the gator extends a warning

people scattering across the course

in the late morning


The gator slides into the water

swimming toward the sand

the young man sees him

funny how far he ran


The gator is safe

a new situation to assay

enjoying the cool safe water

on a summer day


copyright 2018 Debbie Pierce


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  1. When I saw your photo, the first thing I thought of was that alligator at the golf tournament! My husband is a golfer and watches it all the time, and they kept showing that alligator! haha! Great poem about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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