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Gator Poachin'

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John Yaws
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0 posted 11-15-1999 02:58 AM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

Now, Billy Joe, and Bobby Lee
Were red-neck to the core.
Raised down in Louisiana-
On the Atchafalaya shore.

Big and dumb as men could come
To them all things were fine
With just a jug of home-made hooch-
And a treble hook trot line.

Now ‘gator poachin’ is crime-
But purt fair livin’ too.
And gator poachin’s just the thang
Them boys knowed how to do.

The moon was bright that late fall night-
They made their final run-
To hunt for gators in the marsh-
With ropes, and gaff, and gun.

it was the last of them two boys
The country ever saw....
They had no clue, that they would meet
The Louisiana law.

Q-beams of a bayou night-
Are incandescent bright-
And only dolts like Billy Joe..
Would try to shoot the lights.

Rifles fired and bullets flew-
From both sides of the bank,
But when the shooting was all through,
Old Bobby’s pirouge sank.

The story told back in the swamp
To this day still does rankle.
They say the law did dump them boys
With weights tied to their ankles.

Just go down to the bayou-
If you should want a fright
they say them boys are screaming yet
There in the swamps at night.

Moral? Yeah, I guess there is-
The plainest ever saw,
If you poach gators down that way,
You’ll run across the law.

And here’s another ‘n for yuh-
If them lawmen ever catch you-
You won’t get no more gators
Cause the gator’s gonna getcha.
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Marge Tindal
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1 posted 11-15-1999 07:10 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

''ve whipped up another fine one. Your tales are spell-binding and you pull me through them with ease. (Must be the treble hook trot line ... got me hooked)

~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Ala bam a

2 posted 11-15-1999 07:41 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Gunslinger...I know some of "them" good old boys down yonder. And ya described a "true to life scenario" quite well.....But most of them boys down of da'bayou gots names like Pedone' and Boudreaux and domn hard ta unnerstan, de talks dat cajin' draw, day say dem tings back-asserds, and taint frinly to strangers atall!
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3 posted 11-15-1999 09:34 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Smiling as I read this one
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4 posted 11-15-1999 10:34 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

GS... You and Toe have painted a pretty accurate picture of my home, sweet home! LOL. Ya don't just not mess wid da law here... ya don't mess wid no one! LOL
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5 posted 11-15-1999 01:47 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

The story would be great without the rhyme and the rhyme is great--You are a talented Gunslinger, yes you are. Sure glad you like us here at Passions!
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6 posted 11-15-1999 06:17 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Marge and her boys will be huntin' gators next week. Hope we don't find them floatin' in the swamp.

Excellent flavor captured here.
Andrew Scott
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7 posted 11-15-1999 06:22 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

To tell truth... it twern't no law that shot dem two fellas... it was my cusin' Gus Gator wit the opposable thumb. He be one fine shot wit a 12 gauge and he be lookin' for sum new poacher boots -- that, an in ain't no ganst the law to shoot dem types. Yes-sir-ee-bob... Gus done got em'... Look for em on the new Bud - Wise - Er commercial! He be da one with the thumb!
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8 posted 11-15-1999 10:01 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very entertaining! Loved it!


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9 posted 11-18-1999 12:24 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

I'm wid Denise on dat one! LOL Thanks GS
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10 posted 11-18-1999 12:56 PM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

I had no idea y'all were so fluent in that there Cajun talk....After two years living in central Louisiana and several trips back over the last few, nothing that happens down there surprises me anymore. But I honestly have to say you've captured a lot of attention here with this little forray. Well written.

Once I was brilliant, now I no longer shine, but the twinkle in my eye speaks of another time.
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