Sharon Waller Knutson
Bio Note: I am a retired journalist who lives in a wildlife habitat and enjoys writing poetry, hiking and photography. I enjoy being part of the Verse-Virtual community listening to Zoom poetry readings, writing reviews and communicating with poets. My work has appeared most recently in Your Daily Poem, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, and Five-Two.
Old Men, Puppies, and Alligator Soup
-after Tom T. Hall’s Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine The video that goes viral shows the septuagenarian, sucking on a stogie, belly bulging under a soaking wet t-shirt, standing hip deep in swamp water prying open the jaws of an alligator and a brown and white spaniel leaping out and running fast and far away. But that’s only a smidgeon of the story. Richard tells the blonde broadcaster he is on a Sunday morning stroll when a gator grabs Gunner and swims off with him. He gives chase, jumps in the pond, dives underwater and wrestles with the reptile, until he extracts his puppy like an infected molar, and then he has a new problem. The gator’s jaw snaps shut, trapping both hands in its mouth. But like Houdini, he wriggles free, washes the blood off his hands, wraps Gunner in a blanket and rushes him to the hospital where he stays for two days. But both are good as new now as they cuddle in front of the camera, the three-month old baby with buggy eyes and no memory of being kidnapped by a predator and the bald man with the mustache who insists wrestling with an alligator is what anyone would do to save a loved one.
©2021 Sharon Waller Knutson
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