Poem 1

Merritt Island 1966

Something grunted in the palmetto mound
Bull frog or ‘gator? neither threatening
The Banana River’s rhythmic lapping
Music made from the buzzing background sound.
White cattle egret aimed it’s spear-face down
Wing shadows deglared its noon-time fishing
For Gambusia minnows larvae-feeding.
Horseshoe crabs like Trilobites abound.
Moist fragrant air’s a quilt of warmth surround
Insectivores, pescavores, herbivores
Sunlight-powered molecules recycling,
Eaters are eaten around each go-round.
Threading the liminal shoreline I walked
Safe now, but by an unknown future stalked.

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