Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Coons and Gators

Baby raccoon

The baby coon scoots across a pebbled path
the tremble of its body but a blur
and small enough to fit into my hand.
With dampened eyes
I keep my distance,
hope the mother finds it
before a hungry gator snaps.


Baby alligator


©laurie kolp

Both pictures were taken by my husband
outside his office (which is by the river).
The baby raccoon on Monday and the baby alligator a few months ago.
Prompt inspiration: 3WW- dampen, keep, tremble

17 comments:

Chris Veerabadran said...

I hope those two don't meet each other later and the coon rescued by its mother. We don't see that many where I live.

Mama Zen said...

That is so cool!

Kim Nelson said...

Great poem borne of nature in the most unusual of circumstances. Nicely done, Laurie; and lucky you! Living in a place where such wonders are accessible.

Brian Miller said...

ok i am fascinated with each...we used to have gators in FL all the time...and coons, that is such a cute little one...of course he will be knocking over trash cans soon enough...smiles.

Bethe77 said...

Excellent! Hope they found their moms and the gator didn't snap and have a delight. Great photos of each one.
Blessings

Sheilagh Lee said...

Aw great pictures and words.

Mark Windham said...

very clever Laurie. too bad those cute things grow up.

Daydreamertoo said...

Oh, I hope the little coon makes it. LOL
We had one inside our garbage bin once, got in and couldn't get back out again. Scared the living bejebers out of us. LOL

MaryAnn(Writersdaybook)_ said...

This was a touching way to connect two unrelated incidents.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Belting stuff! we don't get wildlife like that in Manchester!!

Shawna said...

Look at those little cuties!

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Far out! This is so cool! The pics are dynamite! Great job Laurie!

Vince Gotera said...

So cool, Laurie. My favorite ... "the tremble of its body but a blur" ... great sounds (t, b, l) that dramatize long moments of stillness then blurred motion. I think you should try writing a poem where the two meet and speak to each other!

jaerose said...

Ooh, I'm rooting for that little coon..you certainly don't see them..or alligators..from outside my window..although there is a tom cat (Big Dave) who can be a bit gnarly..beautifully drawn words..as ever..Jae

Archna Sharma said...

How pleasant an office by the river must make! Clever of you to take creatures who have made an appearance at different times and create a shared circumstance. Hopefully, your husband is able to capture a photo of the coon another time.

I'm new to TWW and I'm happy to come across such lovely blogs. :)

Hannah said...

Oh, that baby raccoon is so cute, Laurie!!

S Jayanth said...

cute photos.. and a cute and beautiful poem..

My take : Humans and Other Animals .