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Lunch in the Okeefenochee

Sluggish swamp water seeps through cypress knee Looking for the reclusive crocodiles now infesting, Our air boat skims along the edge of Okeefenochee Where we spy a prehistoric-like alligator ingesting What appears to be an unwary otter or fox squirrel Our guide points out a log laden with sunning turtles With the reptiles in the swamp, we have no quarrel, As accelerating our speed, the air boat soon hurtles Until we reach a fairly secluded lush-covered glade Hoping to see a cottonmouth searching for prey, After considerable time in the sun, loving the shade Unfortunately, for the snake the wrong time of day. Our lunch is ham sandwiches and a frosty cold beer As our guide points out a meadow-like field ahead, Where we’ll likely see a smaller herd of mule deer And, there the ravishing crocodiles waiting to be fed.
Written June 22, 2022

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Date: 6/23/2022 6:25:00 PM
Somehow you had me picturing 'Deliverance,' and those dueling banjos, against a backdrop of that river. Superb, Milt.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 6/24/2022 11:12:00 AM
Oh, I had that experience with a fellow who had PTSD. I think I wrote a poem about it. This was totally wonderful.
Date: 6/23/2022 2:20:00 AM
"Where we spy a prehistoric-like alligator ingesting" I agree! I have always thought they look more like scary prehistoric-like dinosaurs than the photos of the dinosaurs. I feel I have been on this boat ride with you.
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Date: 6/23/2022 7:59:00 AM
Oh, wonderful. That means it was realistic and you could identify with it. Super!
Date: 6/22/2022 11:19:00 AM
Enjoyed the ride Milton, brought back memories of an air boat ride in Florida, Boggy Creek if I remember right. Had to buy a cap as a memento. Last time we were over we went to Gatorland and the heavens opened lol Tom
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Date: 6/22/2022 11:56:00 AM
That can happen and rather quickly, too. I'm glad you could relate since you have been on an air boat. The Okefenochee is actually in Georgia close to the border of Florida. Huge anacondas, which were pets, that have been released into the swamp are now causing lots of problems!