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Florida Wetlands: A Trio of Poems
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.
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.