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  The Friendly Crocodile (of Dumfries)
by Miller H Caldwell
Thursday, March 24, 2005
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Children are the victims when mother is in prison.Female Prisoners are illustrating this poem for a book in due course



The Friendly Crocodile


(of Dumfries)



As the writer in residence in prison, I am there to inspire them to write


A story for 6 year-old children has got them hooked each night


The story right now is a poem, a poem with a sort of a twist


Its purpose is decorum and manners, these things are so often missed.



u u u u



A crocodile born in Nigeria, was sad and lonely all day


Born with no wallies to eat, to kill or hunt its prey.


It saw no future in Africa, life was really so sad


No friends came to play on the Niger, yet he was really so good and not bad.



A migrating swallow then spoke to it. It came from the old river Nith


It told of friendly people, Doon Hamers, their Kin and Kith


So the Crocodile swam and it swam, it swam and swam every day


The water grew colder and colder, then it reached the shores of Solway



From there to Dumfries was a doddle, it found home on a bank at Lochside


And a friend aged five, called Colin, met him each day at low tide


To make himself really useful, Colin asked if hed do a few jobs


Like clean the river of rubbish, of prams and mobiles and knobs



The Police were exceedingly happy. Lost property lay on the banks


Most was returned to their owners with varying degrees of thanks.


The towns regular winter flooding got the council greatly involved


But dredging was in the Crocs nature, so the floods were permanently solved



Early every morning, between the hours of two and three


The Croc would leave the river and the town hed go to see


His sharp claws scraped the streets, the Chewing gum did vanish


And with his tail he wiped away, Graffiti words to banish



At lambing time each year, farmers counted all their flocks


Exposure to rain and frost claimed some, for others hungry hawks


Some fell into the Nith, wandering through a fragile fence


But the Crocodile scooped up many, thus saving farmers pence



Then quite by chance the Croc discovered his wallies were now growing


This put at risk the boys and girls who used the Nith for rowing


So Colin said that home is where he now should spend his days


But thanks to him, the Crocodile, weve learned to mend our ways



The croc has returned to the Niger and hes happy to greet all he meets,


He tells of his days in cold Scotland and the mornings he cleaned up Dumfries.


But this tale is more than a story, a lesson to learn this day.


Keep your town and river tidy, its good to look that way.



 


For if you dont remember then guess what we will find?


A Croc with long sharp teeth will have your name in mind!


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray
This was a lesson expressed in poetic form, Miller. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace. Regis
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris
Miller,

I enjoyed this poem immensely. One because many of the words are foreign to me and I can create my own images. Some day when I get to Scotland, I intend to doddle.

Great poem!

Cynthia
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