Lover’s Key

Beyond the covered decking

quartz white crystal sands

sparkle in the Gulf sun –

A line of rainbow umbrellas

shield the beach goers

with their wheeled cooler boxes –

Stand up paddle boarders

and selfie stick young women

lounge in the shallows –

Cloud builds from the south

mid 90’s heat dips to bearable

miniscule flies bite my ankles –

Along the shore Bonita Springs

and in the distance Naples rises

like a mini Manhattan on the sea –

A cooling breeze blows through

tourists disgorge from the free bus

as a family prepares to leave –

I don’t have to do anything

maybe read or write or draw

clean air filters my thoughts –

The seagulls make the most noise

circling and squawking their calls

ever watchful for opportunities –


Beyond all of this the pelicans dive

they fill their shopping bag bills

with lunch from the fresh fish counter.



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