Two alligators carve a V-shaped groove in Pebble Lake. Ducks dive for balls of bread. Four eyes rest on the surface, watchful. Nightfall, marsh rabbits hunch immobile under hedgerow. Two bobcats cruise the grass in front of Countryside library. Camouflaged, they stalk the park, snatch rats from trash. Across Tampa Bay, crowds chant I can’t breathe. A Mobil gas station blazes, glass doors break, a rain of rubber bullets and fireworks.
Gulls circle, crows caw
Dawn horizon a blood blaze
Two brown limpkins scream
The sailor returns
bronzed and weary
to his landlubbers,
the taste of salt
still on his lips,
the look of freedom
still in his eyes.
the canoe trip on a
narrow, leaf-lined river
I hear it—
wind in the treetops
sighing through the supple
green of early spring.
I pull up the paddles and
sit still, hushed, as
wild soul-song moves
through the woods.
YOU AND ME
We all just wanna have fun,
Together or apart, in our hearts.
Don’t cry. Don’t be angry.
Accept your fate. Embrace your hate.
All it really needs is a hug.
No one is lonely when they can see,
We’re all in this place together,
You and me.
This is you. This is me.
When we can see each other,
We can be free,
When we see,
You and me.
I’d had my fill after my skiing spill,
So I decided I’d better write my will.
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Nick Graves has been an OLLI member for seven years. He has taken classes in literature, science, history, sociology, creative writing, poetry, music, politics, technology and lifestyles.
Cath Mason’s poems are forthcoming, or have appeared in Palm Prints, Literary Mama, Woman’s Weekly, Pennine Ink and Sandhill Review. Her poem “Dent in the Day” won an honorable mention USF’s Poetry Competition 2015. Her poem “The Out of Body Experience of a Potato” won the humor prize in the 2012 Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition.
Ceci LaDuca is a Tampa native, military brat and USF English grad, having worked in the USF Career Center for 23 years in various capacities. An OLLI regular since retiring in 2013, Ceci has taken several classes, including Spanish, Blogging, Physics, the Great Books series, and the Great Decisions Foreign Policy class. She loves nature, blogging, walking, reading, gardening and retirement!
Peter Terzian, a school media and technology teacher since 1980, started brewing about four years ago as a hobby. Now retired, he also enjoys volunteering for arts, media, and technology projects. He contributes poetry and stories to OLLI Connects and does creative media work for the OLLI Marketing Group.
5 Replies to “National Poetry Month 2021”
How wonderful to be greeted by OLLI poets’ work this Sunny post-Easter Monday morning! Thank you for all the emotions they stirred and the lovely images conjured.
Dear poets, such hidden talents in our group!
Nostalgia, loss, and Tampa Bay’s beauty is all reflected in the lyrics of your souls and has poured out on paper for our delight . . . .
Thank you, thank you!
A rich grab bag of goodies–many nice turns and vivid images. Congrats to one and all!
Thank goodness it;s April and Poetry month. Thanks all you wonderful poets.
I am late in reading your poetry. You touched my heart and improved this moment. Hooray for all of you and thank you for all you have given us. Cheers.