A Chicago lagoon closed due to an alligator

Jane Vogel
Jul 17 · 1 min read

Chance the Snapper
Chicago ‘gator —
not a rapper,

doesn’t play ball.
He’s flat, green, with teeth
for crunching all

puppies, geese or
slow state employees
lunching outdoors.

Abandoned pet
or just cruisin’ north,
the five foot threat

closed Humboldt Lagoon
so trappers could find
his lilypad soon.

There’s been some press
then off to a zoo
ending the stress
of wondering who
Chance would happen to meet
in the little bar across the street.

In response to the wonderful and challenging Milk Carton Haiku from Harper Thorpe and Joe Váradi

For a non-rhyming version of the story:

No Crime in Rhymin’

poetry that dares to be funny, edgy, irreverent

Jane Vogel

Written by

Writer, translator, grandmother. Writing and volunteering because it’s healthier than throwing shoes at TV news anchors. @JaneBV4

No Crime in Rhymin’

poetry that dares to be funny, edgy, irreverent

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