Poems of the Week

With Gently Smiling Jaws

by Steve Bremner

(with apologies to Lewis Carroll)

“[Joseph Henney’s] emotional support animal is an alligator. They sleep in the same bed…
and when Henney takes him to the farmers market, WallyGator gives hugs to shoppers—
as long as they are okay with being that close to a 70-pound, 5½-foot reptile
with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth.
The Washington Post

How doth this crocodilian,
Who hugs but never bites,
Get followed by a million
On social media sites!

How amiably he seems to grin,
How well controls his jaws,
And folds each Philadelphian in
His gently greeting claws!