STRANGER THAN FICTION

Sure, the trail was rugged and quite steep!

Mountain high loomed to my right!

The river was swift there below me!

Foothills one awesome sight!

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It was then I noticed the crocodile,

Man-eaters, yes, for sure!

Alligators, on the other hand, are

More particular.

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Fish their main diet, man respected (?)

This crock’s mouth open wide

I started to run but in front of me

Black panther begged for a ride!

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Of course, fictitious difference so clear

Sometimes though hard to believe.

Panthers never beg for a ride

Either attack or they leave!

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Truth, sure, India has plenty of both

And the mountains high have enough

Of tigers, leopards, panthers, so wild!

To pray, ‘God protect’ is no bluff!

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Up high from Darjeeling, our boarding school

Sure, like, 6,000 feet up there!

We were much higher, horseback, of course,

At 10,000, mountains looked bare.

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Then fast descent, foothills below.

Still up there, like, 7,000 feet,

Just guess-work in numbers in height

Air so clear, clean, complete!

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Our teacher, Anglo-Indian birthright,

Got permission from our folk

To take us during Christmas vacation

Visit rare as to invoke–

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Some native culture with British,

The mix not to be forgotten, the trip.

I was just six, big brother, Bill

Center of attention, a slip–

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Of manners invoked laughter from all

My embarrassment complete.

“Jack and Jill went up the hill,” and of course, I am Jill

Death might have been replete!

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A dress with pink panty’s, my get-up over all

All with everything

Like, fall off ladder, sure, Jill came tumbling

No joy or reason to sing!

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Teacher making things worse, “This little girl

Is embarrassed,” drying a tear.

But made it all right back at the school

She sat between us, so near.

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 Once in her room, “I am sorry!”  She said!

How could we not forgive?

Then back to teaching, no favorites,

Teachers, also must live!

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Thought you might enjoy some India missionary kids culture!

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the Sam 04.03.12

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