The Crueler Capers of the Crocodile
It was long
that the reptiles
of this world
got a bad rap.
Something about teeth,
something about complexion,
it seemed too obvious
to me; my tears were real.
But then our guide got got
in Guatemala, and the crocodile
rolled and rolled the way crocodiles do
when they are serious about something.
Our “Sayanora!” was sad that day,
we said “See you later.” Oh, cruelty.