lifeblood of Florida, nurturing a web
porous limestone shapes caverns and underground portals
subterranean nexus holding echos of primordial times
– and the future.
Water pulses with machines now – previously free,
liberation reflecting Earth tones – currently constrained.
A once rippling ecosystem,
subdivided with districts, directors and dollars,
canals redirect and intersect,
but changes have unintended after effects.
In and out
– sewers and spouts,
balancing chaos of floods and droughts,
yet that green still sways with floral cascades,
enriched by sunshine and rain.
Water unites us, the land sustains us,
and the roots entwine our spirits robust.
Level terrain, vastness along the watery plains,
secret treasures hidden yet claimed
a domain of thriving history,
deepening the contours with heredity,
so glide with the glades, weave through the blades,
then shelter soothed in the shade.
Above the Sun steams, reptile schemes,
swimming under reflective beams.
The bugs breed and others feed,
foundations of life’s intricacies,
sprouting with the seeds.
Circling the trees, the birds flow with the breeze,
landing gingerly, looking for something to eat.
Below the fluid sheen, fish flourish and teem,
– and some are better at avoiding the hooked gleam.
Mingling in the foliage, under the cover of textured leaves,
bats, panthers and bees,
explore the undergrowth of shadowed canopies.
Along the shifting sprawl, critters scamper and crawl,
large or small, the rhythms effects us all.
As the distant horizon recedes, meandering miles careen,
blending skies of dreams into a never ending stream.
Within the realm, ancient islands dwell,
sanctuaries for animals,
people and plants medicinal.
Breathe deep and feel the clean in the air
– nature filters as the calm enters
emptiness purifies, energies harmonize,
tap in and photosynthesize
combine with the green divine,
elevate chlorophyl raw sublime,
soak in the vitality with heightened vibes….
A rumble in the yonder, adds a pause to the ponder,
as the tone grows dark and the lightning sparks.
Announcing the rain, as the clouds drain
– along the swelling banks,
renewal perpetual, cycle essential,
Soil enriched for roots drenched,
peaking blossoms fragrance,
light air wisps, Everglades kiss,
coalescing senses, transcendental bliss.
And sadly, it is all at risk, endeavors thought clever,
have been remiss,
succumbed to greed of toxic feed,
the wildlands are forced to concede.
The roads erode with heavy loads,
spewing from the agricultural commodes,
pipes and pollution, problems and solutions,
looking for justice within resolutions.
Threats of corporate conquests, society left in distress,
as water quality becomes less.
Homes have grown where the deer once roamed,
and now only the elders have known.
Worse yet, fracking and drilling,
leads to spilling and killing,
with consequences chilling.
Now we must shift from this drift,
give consciousness a lift,
cherish life as a gift.
With the greenwave aligned,
our solidarity combined,
we reach for salvation unified.
It is a struggle and we must be brave,
because the Everglades must be saved!
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