Somedays you swallow a crocodile
Other days a crocodile swallows you

Each day nestles delight and pain
Eternal is not promisedโ€”

But profound strength of human spirit
Reflects truth. Never give up!

Fighting for own can be ferocious
But I dare face the crocodile head on.

note: The poem was inspired by Midweek Motif ‘Rising Above’ at Poets United.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and blogger. Her blog focuses on poetry and creative nonfiction, and also features poets and their books.


  1. “Somedays you swallow a crocodile, Other days a crocodile swallows you” this is everything, you have just described my whole life in two lines.

  2. You got it perfectly with those first two lines.. sometimes it’s not just one croc, it’s the whole damned swamp!!!

  3. Yeah. It varies. Some days you get the gold other days you are down on the road. I love your last line. kinda triumphant.

  4. Living is all about the dance–some days we leave easily, other days we have to fight just to stay on our feet… but every day, we live.

  5. “Each day nestles delight and pain”….This is so true. But the first two lines are stunners. Wow! Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem Khaya.

  6. Worrying about such things is futile, life is short enough without being fearful all the time.

  7. i would prefer to swallow the crocodile, but sometimes my mouth just isn’t big enough!

  8. Ah, facing a crocodile head on takes courage, but it is the only way…..

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