Blue Heron walks on Lettuce Lake.
Lily pads support light birds long enough
For them to bill crawdads. Appetizing
Photograph: Squirming crustacean crunched.
Boards, cleverly cut, fan out around corners
That bring new cypress vistas into view.
One tree grows around another, wet but
Not waterlogged. Raccoon poop, which has
Red dots throughout, brightens the walk
As rain clouds defy winter and roll
Through desolate Florida. Where are all
These cars going? Immokolee? Must be
A growing town to support such traffic.
Back at the swamp a frog succumbs to a
Banded owl. Anhingas stretch wet wings.
White flowers waver, waiting to be painted.
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