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Poem for Tidy Island, Florida

Updated on June 22, 2013
Tidy Island, from the water
Tidy Island, from the water

This is a poem about a beautiful little island which is hidden away in a small sound in Sarasota Bay. The island was originally created from shell mounds and became the burial ground of the native Indians who dwelt there. It is hauntingly alluring and has a very peaceful quality, which I believe comes from the spirit of the Native Indians ~ This is an ode to them:

There's a place where birds and trees
stretch languidly in warm Gulf breeze
Where once dwelt peaceful native race
now resting in fine enchanted place
On silent nights, a whispering mystery
told from old Aboriginal history

Strong-featured natives with motivated hands
carved with shells and sculpted the sands
Now still, spirits linger on wise old Palm
and lull steeped Mangrove with ancient balm
A heavenly haven in Sarasota Bay
where Pelicans, Pink Spoonbills and Dolphins play

Past, medicine-men meticulously fashioned our nest
and wisely, we fell in love with Florida' best
Where ancient hearts beat a faithful drone...
sage succor for our lofty home
We perch above their interred pride
they rock, and are moved in changing Tide

Still chanting, gentle murmurs abound
around Tidy, cradled lullaby sound
A peaceful offering for grateful dead
a Tidy place to rest aged head
On Tidy mounds as we remember
old honored patrons sweet, sound slumber.

Copyright © 1998


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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Wow, chemistryoflife - you are very kind. I am so glad you enjoyed this poem - I look forward to reading your hubs. Thanks for stopping by!

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      CHEMISTRYOFLIFE 7 years ago

      I greatly appreciate the way you have picturised Tiny island. I'm greatful to hubpages which give me an oportunity to read great hubs from great writers, and you are one of them.

      Thanks for this hub!

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Hi ahorseback, greetings to you too! I'd love to go to New England and can imagine how lovely it is... thanks for your kind comments!

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Brightforyou , greetings my dear, I love places like this , we have a few off the coast of New England too, Why can't we live there forever too......thanks for the info.

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks singemomat52 - glad you enjoyed it...Tidy isn't a town, its a tiny island - I think you call them Key's in US? Its a bird sanctuary and has beautiful nature trails a fab. community club house which is built over the bay and mangroves - its a popular place for marriages, but being private, very few people have ever seen it and you need special permission to get on the island. Thanks again for your wonderful support of my work!

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      singlmomat52 7 years ago

      Great poem!! I lived in Texas on the coast for 50 some odd years, have never been to Florida. I may visit one day, and this tiny town sounds irresistable. Thanks for a great Hub!!

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Mentalist acer - I appreciate your kind comments. I haven't been to Louisiana, but would love to go there one day!

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      Mentalist acer 7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Reminds me of the marshlands of Louisiana,beautiful images Brightforyou;)

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      Helen 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks Micky Dee - you'd love it - so peaceful and lovely!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Very beautiful. It sure makes me long for Tidy Island!