Okefenokee Joker

Updated on April 23, 2017

Born way down in the Okefenokee swamp,

they say a big old alligator was his momma,

Cutting his first teeth on the Cyprus trunks,

brought there in sixty by hurricane Donna,

Okefenokee John, was not quite a Don Juan,

Although the ladies thought he was the Man.

Made a living netting shrimp, alligator hemp,

Was never a fella anyone could understand.

John was later to become a fine guide,

Although almost cost him his own hide.

He tried to save a greener from a gator,

Proved to be a record, found out later.

One day he decided to give the job a toss,

Was not worth missing fingers, of his loss.

Although the occupation then, was worse,

Seemed he couldn't shake that gator curse.

Down in that swamp, late in the night,

Are sounds to give us all such a fright.

Gators bellowing, as frogs all croaking,

Mosquitos buzzing, the snakes stroking.

Smart fellas, gals, to take a raincheck,

If they desire their figures not to wreck.

They say old Bobo, the swamp's critter,

Might just be a big monster, heavy hitter.

These days, old John just prefers to sit around,

Enjoying a swamp's serenading, the only sound.

Telling a few of his Cajun jokes, going out to fish,

Frying up his shrimp recipes, each delicious dish.

If you ever happen to come down, have a stomp,

Just having some fun, maybe to have a little romp.

Don't forget the alligators rule that whole swamp,

All You may be doing is giving them a tasty chomp.


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    • whonunuwho profile image

      whonunuwho 11 months ago from United States

      Thank you my friend. Blessings to all. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 11 months ago from Central Florida

      Great story, whonu. It has nice rhythm.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 11 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Just a delightful journey into the swamp. Enjoyed this.

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      whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

      My thanks to Ann and Shyron for your nice comments. Blessings. whonu

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      Ann Carr 12 months ago from SW England

      This is fun! Love the pace and the romp through the swamp. Well done!


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      whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

      Glad you enjoyed my friend. Have a blessed day. whonu

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      Shyron E Shenko 12 months ago from Texas

      Enjoyed this piece, you are a gifted poet.

      Have a blessed day