This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from librarygeek
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"Not So Black"
The Jersey Devil is said to live
in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.
The legends go all the way back to the 1700s
when Mrs. Leeds, mother of twelve children,
who found herself expecting another
and said, "May it be a devil!"
The stories have continued ever since,
and in 1960 some Camden merchants offered
a reward for his capture, intending to put
the Jersey Devil into a private zoo.
The reward has never been claimed.
The pineys who say they have seen him
describe him as a kangaroo-like creature
with the face of a horse, the head of a dog,
the wings of a bat, horns, and a tail.
For all the horror and the stories,
the Jersey Devil is not so black
as he is painted: he is known
to go after braggarts and idiots,
Mother Nature's very own Devil's advocate.
* * * Notes:
The Jersey Devil
is an old legend
from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey