Poetry Friday ~ Photo Prompt

22 May
Photograph by Balaji Malliswamy

Hi, everyone!

Every 3rd week of the month it’s Photo Prompt time at Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge. I won the last photo prompt challenge so I had the privilege of choosing this week’s photo. I chose this intriguing and somewhat scary nature photo by Balaji Malliswamy.

Colleen’s words:

Remember, a photo can be a metaphor for your poetry. Think about the mood, the theme, and the color. Think outside of the box. We know there’s a crocodile, but what else is going on here? What do you smell? What do you hear? There’s more here than meets your eye. Surprise me!

There are many movies and books that depict crocodiles as monsters, but they’re simply animals trying to survive in the wild. Here are a few fun crocodile facts:

  • Crocodiles are reptiles.
  • The physical characteristics of crocodiles make them good predators.
  • Crocodiles are fast over short distances.
  • Crocodiles have the strongest bite of any animal in the world.
  • The muscles that open crocodiles jaws however are not so powerful, reasonably strong people could hold a crocodiles jaw closed with their bare hands.
  • Like other reptiles, crocodiles are cold-blooded.
  • Crocodiles can survive for a long time without food.
  • Most crocodiles live in fresh water rivers and lakes but some live in salt water.
  • Crocodiles eat a variety of fish, birds and other animals.
  • Crocodiles release heat through their mouths rather than through sweat glands.
  • The saltwater crocodile is the largest species of crocodile.
  • Some crocodile species can weigh over 1200 kg (2600 lb).

My poem today is about the most dangerous predator on the planet, man.

“I am an evil man. I do not love anyone. I wish harm to everyone and good to myself. I am an egoist. I am not God. I am a beast, a predator.”  

From The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky

*

The Stalker

The silent stalker

camps outside your home and waits

Followed you all day

He claims to add balance to

your soul ’cause he’s seen your horns

Photo by Viktor Mogilat

I hope you liked the post! Let me know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy the rest of the day!

41 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Photo Prompt”

  1. coldhandboyack May 22, 2020 at 5:10 pm #

    I love those turtles. They look like two tourists that wound up in the wrong place.

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  2. yvettemcalleiro May 22, 2020 at 6:10 pm #

    That crocodile definitely looks like it’s stalking something, so I can see how you pulled the predator/man from it. Great poem! 🙂

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  3. Soooz May 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm #

    Loved your take on the photograph, Vashti. Crocodiles are driven to hunt when they are hungry. Man is the truly aggressive predator.

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    • Vashti Q May 23, 2020 at 1:54 pm #

      That’s right, my friend! One of the reasons crocodiles are endangered is because men hunt them for sport. Thank you! ❤

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  4. judeitakali May 23, 2020 at 7:10 am #

    This is a great unique and enlightening response. The poem is a bit cryptic (many layers), is the croc stalker a metaphor for man the stalker?

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    • Vashti Q May 23, 2020 at 2:04 pm #

      Thank you, Jude! I wanted to show that although crocodiles get a bad rap they’re really just animals hunting to eat. However, they’re endangered because men hunt them for sport or financial gain. Mankind can be just as dangerous. 🙂 xo

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      • judeitakali May 23, 2020 at 2:11 pm #

        Mankind is the most dangerous. Most times its us that go to them, not the other way round

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    • Vashti Q May 27, 2020 at 10:11 am #

      You are right.

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  5. markbierman May 23, 2020 at 8:55 am #

    Yes, you’ve got the part about man being the most dangerous animal right.

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    • Vashti Q May 23, 2020 at 2:07 pm #

      Thank you, Mark! Mankind’s inteligence is far greater than any crocodile’s but yet, we choose to kill for the sake of killing. Animals in the wild kill to survive. 😀

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      • markbierman May 23, 2020 at 4:45 pm #

        Very true. That and exploit the natural world for profit. 😦

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  6. Annette Rochelle Aben May 23, 2020 at 10:44 am #

    Guess I could learn to befriend a crocodile…

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    • Vashti Q May 23, 2020 at 2:09 pm #

      Ha, ha! You don’t have to befriend one simply respect the animal. They’re on the endangered list because many don’t respect their right to live. 😉 ❤

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  7. Jan Sikes May 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm #

    Man, the most aggressive and ruthless predator of all! Well-done, Vashti!

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  8. Colleen M. Chesebro May 23, 2020 at 2:52 pm #

    The crocodile is a metaphor for the state of our world – belonging to a swamp! I went with the crocodile as a spirit animal. That would mean a person is brave and a survivor. Those crocs are prehistoric. I bet they will still be around long after we’re gone. Well done, Vashti. Everyone has loved this photo!! ❤

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    • Vashti Q May 27, 2020 at 10:18 am #

      Thank you, Sis❣️I’m happy the photo worked out. I hope you’re right about crocodiles continuing to survive because right now they’re on the endangered species list.😔

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  9. dgkaye May 23, 2020 at 9:27 pm #

    Well done Vashti, a cryptic message for sure. Stay safe my friend. ❤ xx

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author May 24, 2020 at 3:12 am #

    Great croc facts, Vashti:) I wouldn’t want to run into one. Loved the poem. Hope you have a great weekend xo

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    • Vashti Q May 27, 2020 at 10:23 am #

      I’m glad you enjoyed the crocodile facts, Denise. I enjoy animal facts. I’m happy you liked the poem too. Enjoy the rest of the week!💞

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  11. memadtwo May 24, 2020 at 6:12 am #

    Man is indeed the worst predator because he kills for no reason. Well said. (K)

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  12. robbiesinspiration May 24, 2020 at 12:57 pm #

    I must look and see if I have the photographs of the crocodile farm we visited, Vashti. They are fascinating creatures. I enjoyed your poem. I haven’t been able to write a poem for weeks, but your great picture inspired me.

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    • Vashti Q May 27, 2020 at 10:28 am #

      You’re right, they are fascinating. I’m so happy the photo inspired you. That’s so cool! Thanks for telling me. I’m glad you liked the poem. Thank you!😊💕

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  13. Miriam Hurdle May 28, 2020 at 7:11 pm #

    We visited the crocodile farm in Australia. They hardly move all day but we know when they attack, it’s deadly. It’s true the mostly dangerous predator is human. They can hunt the most forceful animals on earth.

    Great poem and crocodile facts, Vashti. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Vashti Q May 29, 2020 at 12:59 pm #

      Yes, mankind is dangerous. We can think rationally and yet, we still do things we know we shouldn’t. I’m happy you enjoyed the post. Have a great Friday and weekend, my friend! ❤ xo

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      • Miriam Hurdle May 29, 2020 at 1:37 pm #

        I felt disgusting when we went to the alligator

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      • Miriam Hurdle May 29, 2020 at 1:39 pm #

        Oops. … Went to the gift shop at the alligator farm. The most expensive items were made with young alligator skin!

        I’m trying to grow milkweed plants to bring back the butterflies.

        Have a wonderful weekend, my friend! 💖

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    • Vashti Q May 29, 2020 at 8:09 pm #

      You’re so cute, Miriam. We’ve all made mistakes like that. I went to a turtle farm, and they had a restaurant on the premises. I was mortified when my dad and husband ordered turtle soup! 😮 They had never had it and wanted to try it. That was a while ago. We live and learn.

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      • Miriam Hurdle May 29, 2020 at 10:35 pm #

        I ate something in Hong Kong that was made with part of turtle. I don’t know what part, but it’s like pudding. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q May 30, 2020 at 3:27 pm #

      Oh, no! Ha, ha. I have no idea. You’re a brave woman.

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  14. D. Wallace Peach May 29, 2020 at 10:30 am #

    Your poem gave me the chills, Vashti! It’s wonderful and scary. Yes, man is the most dangerous animal on the planet by far. Stay safe, my friend.

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    • Vashti Q May 29, 2020 at 1:02 pm #

      Chills are always good. 😉 He, he. It just breaks my heart every time I hear about a new species being placed on the endangered list. You have a fabulous Friday and weekend, my friend. Stay safe and healthy! ❤

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      • D. Wallace Peach May 30, 2020 at 9:15 am #

        Me too, Vashti. Every species that we manage to kill off is a loss for the whole planet forever. (Unless it’s a virus – I’m okay with that extinction.) 🙂

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    • Vashti Q May 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm #

      Ha, ha! Me too. 😉

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  15. NATASHA TREVILCOCK June 8, 2020 at 10:50 am #

    Still, there is so much good that can be found and nurtured into man, we can see it every day of our lives and that fills us with HOPE.

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    • Vashti Q June 8, 2020 at 10:58 am #

      Of course, there are good people and bad ones. Nevertheless, man is the most dangerous predator on the planet. And by man I mean mankind. Animals are at the mercy of man.

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