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Well, here I am sitting on the golf course
Watching the fireworks display overhead
Yes, I know I'm not as big as a horse
But at least one golfer I have misled

“Kerplunk"came the ball, bouncing off my shell
Casting it deep in the adjoining woods
That’s when I heard someone yell, “Mulligan”
They ran toward the golfer like a band of hoods

I was wondering how they knew my name
As they all ran toward the errant golf ball
And then banished the golfer from their game
Without asking if my shell had been mauled

There’s much food to be found on the golf course
So I still traverse many a fairway
But it never ceases to surprise me
How my name’s called when e’er balls go astray

Luckily my shell is hard as granite
Golf ball injuries I never sustain
So my Mulligan family moved here
Friendly golfers already know our name

*Written July 20, 2014 and inspired by the time my sister’s ball bounced off a 
turtle’s back and into the woods.  She’s a two-time hole in one gal, so this was 
not a funny story for her.
Wikipedia definition of "Mulligan" - In golf, a mulligan is a stroke that is replayed from the spot of the previous stroke without penalty, due to an errant shot made on the previous stroke. The result is, as the hole is played and scored, as if the first errant shot had never been made. This practice is disallowed entirely by strict rules and players who attempt it or agree to let it happen may be disqualified from sanctioned competitions.


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  1. Date: 7/22/2014 1:50:00 PM

    Does mulligan stew have anything to do with a turtle. Well, anyway, I am not a golfer but I did enjoy this poem, Carolyn. Nice turtle tale, my friend..... Robert.
  1. Date: 7/21/2014 3:04:00 PM

    Good humorous write by you Carolyn.Great imagination by you.Thanks for the note below your poem.
  1. Date: 7/21/2014 11:10:00 AM

    I'm not familiar with golf. I've helped sponsor a gulf tournament, I did enjoy watching:) Such a nice story.
  1. Date: 7/21/2014 9:10:00 AM

    I play top level pool, chess and poker but never golf. However I knew the terms used in your fine write my friend. A very imaginative write and it flowed like a cool mountain stream in Springtime my friend!! Best of luck in the contest !!
  1. Date: 7/20/2014 5:09:00 PM

    This is an interesting write Carolyn. I have to admit that both 'kerplunk' and 'mulligan' were new to me, so I checked them up and now I am wiser by two words! I think there is a contest about turtles going on, but not quite sure. hugs. // paul
  1. Date: 7/20/2014 3:32:00 PM

    This is humorous Carolyn......It took me a minute to figure out you were a Tim
  1. Date: 7/20/2014 3:04:00 PM

    well I've attempted to play golf Carolyn and never heard of a mulligan so i really enjoyed your tale. Hope you are having a wonderful break. Hugs jan xxx