ArmourQuill Hunter (1949 / Fort Smith, AR)
Kaikoura’s Seal, Really Sea-lion
From majestic shores I travelled far from LA, and visited across the vast sea-, ”
To Kaikoura’s enchanting place of NZ, where the air, there, is freshest to breath.
I watched 'waves of the sea-beat' against the shore; a sea lions was resting there.
I dove into the waters, swam to the rocks, and a few sea lions there just stared.
Thus as I worked my way towards one-, I had a “sudden sense of fear and danger-! ”
Logically, I knew I was trespassing on their property there; I was no royal ranger.
I swam back to shore; there I found a sea lion that I reasoned was now on my island.
Tourists taking photos, car-lengths away, as I carefully approached the sea lion.
One cried: “hey, they’re as fast-on-land as they are-at-sea; they’ll grind-you a-bit? ”
“No-, he doesn’t have teeth and he’s got puppy-dog-eyes.” Then I had to quit.
Carefully I approached, not taking my eyes off of him; nor did I shriek or sigh.
Strange, he didn’t charge me! I a foot away, looking deep into his eyes...
He looked at me, as if to say: “really, you can’t be AS DUMB AS YOU LOOK…! ”
Intently, I watched thinking: “well, you can’t be as dangerous AS THEY SAY-! ”
Yet cautiously I withdrew thinking: “he didn’t know how dangerous I was-! ”
Later realizing, I hadn’t known 'he was a sea-lion' or I wouldn’t have gotten close.
Part-2: Lion Tamer Reveals 'My Seal- A Lion-! '
Hostessing at Denny’s, a friend pulled me aside to meet her friendly guests.
“These are friends of mine wanting to talk to you of your great tale, at best.'
Thus I mosied on over and saw them a lovely kind, with a lion trainer friend.
Often I was encouraged to tell “my tale; ” for the smiles they would lend!
In Kaikoura was I-, “seals everywhere” so I just dove-in near the rock island.
There two were 'a matched-pair, ' but I got a danger-sign on the rocks so fine.
'Spite the gentle sea-breezes, and large beasts, I thought I’d go back on shore.
Soaking wet I warmed in the sun; there was one on my territory, but I’d not run.
Slowly 'eye to eye' we stared; then one called-out 'danger, ' but this was fun!
Beautiful seal (I thought) with your puppy-dog eyes; at which time, he did roar-!
I should've known the danger, for ones car-lengths away; I slowly leaped back,
Miraculously standing (eye-to-eye): after gliding backwards “I gave a sigh…”
Realizing “never a moment would be as this' for all time; I tell you no lie.
He looked at me, as if to say: “really, you can’t be AS DUMB AS YOU LOOK.”
Still my stared intense, thinking: “well, you can’t be as dangerous as they say! ”
MY GUESTS stunned, till a distinguished man spoke: “how big was that seal-? ”
“Oh-, ” I replied, “about a yard in length and height.' Lady, he began to reveal-,
I have worked with lions, of all kinds, you see; that wasn’t a seal- but a SEA LION! ”
“Well, had known that-, perhaps I would have been more afraid of dying.'
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