The river of grass waves with ingrained synergy
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
canals redirect and intersect, but changes have unintended after
In and out – sewers and spouts, balancing chaos of floods and droughts,
yet that green still sways with floral cascades, enriched by sunshine
Water unites us, the land sustains us, and the roots entwine our spirits
Level terrain, vastness along the watery plains, secret treasures hidden
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,
generational decrees, 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 team,
– 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
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, nourishment fundamental.
Soil enriched for roots drenched, plants quenched, peaking blossoms
light air wisps, Everglades kiss, coalescing senses, transcendental
And sadly, it is all at risk, endeavors thought clever, have been
succumbed to greed of toxic feed, the wildlands are forced to concede.
The roads erode with heavy loads, spewing from the agricultural
pipes and pollution, problems and solutions, looking for justice within
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
Worse yet, fracking and drilling, leads to spilling and killing, with
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
It is a struggle and we must be brave, because the Everglades must be
Written by: C.D Flash