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By Steve Hood

The last of the dinosaurs,
a crocodile crawls along on short
legs, slips silently into
tepid river water with
a brain the size of a peanut.

But don't get too close
to the teeth, the powerful
jaws, the sudden snap,
or you may just find yourself
at the food chain's bottom.

It lies as still as a stone,
waits for a thirsty animal
to approach the water for a drink,
just as its kind has done
for sixty-five million years.

Article © Steve Hood. All rights reserved.
Published on 2016-01-18
Image(s) are public domain.
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