Welcome to the county carnival
where the smell of burning meat seizes your belly and lures you through the gates.
I hope you like alligator
because this year is a special treat—the swamp has come to town.
Bringing with it watery denizens
that crawl and slither and hop up your jiggly thighs.
Did you buy them a ticket?
Did you bring them a moist towelette for the heat?
Did you wear your Crocs?
Did you drag along your young-uns as tribute to the swamp’s desires?
Well, that’s alright.
The swamp will take you instead.