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Alligator Alley Encounter

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Alligator Alley Encounter

Traveling home to see my family
Spanish moss hangs from trees eerily
I step on the gas; the car starts to shake
So I pull over, pressing on the brake

Here in the darkness I am all alone
No satellite near for this useless cell phone
Few will drive through Alligator Alley
Reptiles and panthers are not too friendly

Hours pass as I sit still, locked in my car
Green eyes from the swamp peer at me from afar
A tire iron I grab at the break of day
As the mystery of night fades away

When the fog lifts, a sign comes into view
After such a night I wish that I knew
A gas station exit is just feet away
Though overnight my hair had turned gray

No gators or pythons had threatened me
The danger I’d sensed was but fantasy
But look, a crocodile crosses the road
Seems I’d parked next to his slimy abode

He sees me, stares and just goes on his way
Scary possibilities in my head play
Carefully I walk up to the exit
My legs are still shaking I must admit

The station is closed; boas hug the gas pumps
My arms are suddenly rife with goose bumps
But then I hear the sound of an airboat
My chance of rescue no longer remote

It’s the marine patrol; now I’m secure
All nasty fears had been premature
But he turns his face; it’s Michael Myers!
This is the savior Florida hires?!!

I run back to my car, but standing there
Is a burly man with a mechanic’s flare
He’d already popped the hood, fixed the car
Quickly I speed from this swamp so bizarre 



*Written by Carolyn Devonshire for Gayle’s “Stranded” contest

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  1. Date: 5/4/2012 9:42:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Stranded/Ghosts" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/3/2012 12:55:00 PM
    A cut and paste apology for a cogratulations message but congrats. Am on holiday with limited access xx

  1. Date: 5/2/2012 2:55:00 PM
    Swamps are pretty dern scary places!!!Congrad's on your win. Light & love

  1. Date: 4/19/2012 12:05:00 PM
    Stopping by to say Thank You for your kind comments on my poetry Carolyn. It is a pleasure to read your writings. Have a wonderful day. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 10:56:00 PM
    What a poem. A bit scary in parts. Was it real or a scary dream? Take care, Jancarl PS Must close down. Mt eyes are blurring. Good nite

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 9:28:00 PM
    This is really as fabulous write my friend! I love how the story ends...saved by a stranger in the middle of nowhere! Great sequence of events Carolyn! I really enjoyed the poem that I have read this evening! There are so many wonderful lines that I can't choose which ones are my favorite! I love your poem here a lot! Great Work!!

    Devonshire Avatar Carolyn Devonshire
    Date: 4/13/2012 9:15:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    LOL Russell, Michael Myers is the killer in the "Halloween" movie series. That's why I sped back to the car.
  1. Date: 4/12/2012 7:34:00 PM
    That was some trip Carolyn, you should have gone fishin, love, vie

  1. Date: 4/12/2012 6:06:00 PM
    yes, it would be good to get out of there. a whole new meaning to 'hit the road, jack!' Loved this one, Carolyn. Best wishes in the contest. hugs, Catie :)