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Spring Break on The Gulf of Mexico

Updated on August 10, 2013
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The colors on the shaded side

Of the pastel pink Inn

Run as the sun creeps from behind

Blending lavender across my vision

Which cloud the hues

As I look to the west

Over the Gulf into

The color of my eyes…

The aroma of stale beer

And cheap suntan lotion

Nauseates me but is soothed

When, like a Bloody Mary the morning after,

The scent of an open grease pit

And frying bacon

Waft into my senses…

Waves of white foam

Lap the gray sand

Waves of white heat

Lap the gray sidewalk

Rising like a sheet of aluminum

Warbling on the breeze

Yet it’s only the sound

Of a young girls laughter

Peddling past on her bicycle

Smiling with amateurishly applied lipstick

While she holds the toes

Of her flower printed flip-flops

Against the spokes of her cruiser…

They flutter like the swarm

Of the season’s first Love Bugs

That I wave away from

The path of my Spring Break

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your images are perfect....the Love Bugs and Cruisers...I could smell the exhaust and see the bikinis in my mind's eye. Well done, Wayne!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Mr. Billybuc. I'm glad I could supply something for your minds eye to see. ( ;

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Such wonderful imagery ! And I love how this made me feel!

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Snapshot of a moment, in living color. The colors, the smells, the scene, all perfect!

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from New Jersey

      Makes me want to bathe in the sun!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Dear Audrey!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Sir X!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well it is my honor and pleasure , Sir Wayne of Wonderful Writer that you are, to make your hallowed hubpage my last stop of this morning after returning home from night shift and it is currently 5:54am where I have been groovin' to Herbie Mann on flute and eating shepherd's pie.

      I am off to bed now but with these awesome images in my head of a poem which reminded me of American Graffiti, the film by George Lucas and of course that legendary soundtrack. You truly do have the heart of a poet and a poetic heart too - all of your writing is so special to me and you also have a talented writing family too , Daddy Wayne, lol.

      Sending to you warm wishes before I head off to the land of Nod.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit, Jennifer. Hop on down to Florida and you will have all the sun you could ask for!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Very vivid! Nice, Wayne!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Colin. And sleep well my friend with thoughts of beaches and bacon on your mind.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Bravewarrior.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful and thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Eddy!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Could just smell that BBQ. Enjoyed and passing this on.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Rasma...and have a great weekend!

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great poem Wayne, thank you.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks, Tom. It's always a pleasure to see you here.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      One could perfectly imagine Spring break through your work. I can even smell the fragrance of spring through this piece. Awesome write!

      Up and sharing.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, CrisSp. I appreciate the kind words and the share.

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