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Florida Wetlands: A Trio of Poems

Updated on June 22, 2016
Drooping Florida Pine
Drooping Florida Pine | Source

Florida Trio

Restless Birds

While swamp cypress bend,

mockingbirds chase a marsh hawk

out of a drooping pine tree draped

with grey-green Spanish moss

until an owl lands on its sagging top

to frighten mockingbirds away

as palm trees begin to sway

in advancing winds of a hurricane.

Madeira Beach

While we await our lunch

in a tiki hut at Madeira Beach,

forceful gusts of wind drive rain

into the restaurant to create

pools of water at our feet.

When our shrimp finally arrive,

perhaps their ghosts are satisfied

with new oceans splashing in.

Swamp Blossom Amulet

As you look, they bloom,

they bloom a delicate white,

white in sun on lily pads--

lily pads spread across a pond,

a pond with a palm tree growing,

growing straight out of the middle,

the middle of this dark pond,

a very dark pond white with blooms,

and as you look, they bloom.

© 2016 Richard Francis Fleck


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    • juneaukid profile image

      Richard Francis Fleck 15 months ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thanks, Audrey, I appreciate your comment.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 15 months ago from California

      I particularly like the the middle piece--such a wonderful set of images