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Spring Comes to the Wetlands










Spring Comes to the Wetlands

The walk to the Cypress Wetlands

is all fragrance, Meyer Lemon

trees, red pink white azaleas

overtaking the stink wafting up


from down the coast, sneering faces

on my tv replaced by egrets,

white feathers fluffed up, moorhens

pacing, circling, heads dipping


next to turtles on a log, an anhinga’s

wings spread like a delicate fan, greens

and blues, yellow and black-crown

night herons building nests, ibises flying


in at orange dusk, the squawking all

around drowning out hate-

filled voices as the gator’s fearsome

mouth opens, moaning for love.


–SL, Port Royal, SC, March 2023





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margarita meyendorff
margarita meyendorff
Mar 18, 2023

A wonderful reminder that truth prevails and that nature is full of beauty and ugliness. We need these contrasts to keep us honest and truthful. Thank you, Steve.

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write4hire
Mar 19, 2023
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You are most welcome, Mourka. As always, as ever, thank you!

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casapini
Mar 16, 2023

mmm...what really matters....beautiful Steve!

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write4hire
Mar 17, 2023
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Thank you!

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marilyn.bardo
Mar 16, 2023

Thank you for reminding us that there is no better antidote to this insane world than animals, plants, and nature.

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write4hire
Mar 17, 2023
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And thank you for reminding me--again--that words matter.

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