Shawn McAllister

Rookie (January 22,1944 / San Antonio, Texas)

Cabbage Key - Poem by Shawn McAllister

Once Hemingway
sat across this bay
and touched the endless sea

The gulf-stretched sun
guides everyone
who dreams the dreams like he

Through the tropical heat
you can hear the beat
that sings God’s poetry

Just close your eyes
beneath the bright skies
on beautiful Cabbage Key

And if by chance
the ospreys dance
across the wind-filled sea

Their shrilling cry
will be a lullaby
to intruders such as we

As the pelican flies
before Apollo’s eyes
to skim infinity

The heartfelt bay
beacons the waterway
to an isle unbound and free

Let the spirit bestow
a peaceful glow
of natural harmony

And the heart will engage
love’s rampage
moored at Cabbage Key

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 17, 2008

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