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pefjr
06-24-2012, 03:58 PM
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I lived on the Gulf
high on a hill
overlooking blue and green
and white sandbars.
Caught mackerel from the beach,
gigged flounder in the dark of night.
Sailed the coastline,
dove the springs,
floated crystal clear rivers
Then I saw the grass
and it was greener
and I moved
What a fool I am.


What a wide chasm,
Rims 18 miles apart
as the crow flies.
The clouds would fill that hole
some days. One felt as if
one could walk across.
Red, white, iron, fossils and trails.
Six inches from a Rattlesnake's fang,
Geology in an open book.
Took a partner for a lifetime
and we left
What fools we were.https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/TuUIufvVpaGNhVVK4WQkOUaZ0yeo_QgU0CD0lhfvGC-6_Uq4suBGiO54o3TAchY9JZv_CP5WqFX-eIm7728JgX1NttUnfNc4ac9f1okEkDd1-4wtZU4



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We resided on a canal
with a tropical breeze,
five minutes from a reef
where I speared grouper
for an evening meal.
Yellowtail spawned in June,
Mangrove Snapper in July,
when the moon was full.
Children came
and life changed,...
dramatically.
Then again the grass appeared
and I moved
What a fool I am.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Swp05vLd0jk-cEujAn8WAen83vv3p7CBzbKC_yYY7sTWsyLRZISeMYSu5y3us8 gHkvjIp9-4hRM2uluqUsWxrFJO_jS-ovjf2MC4yWCEjIYGaPz-Ibo











What a view I had
from the picture window.
Ten miles across the bay,
with tall pines attracting
the lightning as it moved in.
Trout and Osprey were a joy,
oysters on the half shell,
a canoe on the beach,
fiddler crabs played their tune,
shrimp reflected pink moonlight.
What a fool I am,
I sold it and moved.

Now I remember
the sand fleas acid
strung like a bee.
They were everywhere.https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/ynTJgdy5xqwSdTALg6ZJYNoQ1qFBYyhxwoVL_ev_e1LQBbR1XL UWouJn-KMKSRVphyiIB_1c9BaBlLNTcDFxAKCVExFD_MW3NQiCDSG6RMu CE68XbWg




















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Then there is this Idaho,
where the owls converse at night,
the lioness screams her protest
at the audacity of the intrusion.
In springtime the mosquitoes rule,
and the grizzlies fill their need.
The cedar smell prevails,
the larch grow tall.
Two Ravens watch over their territory
and chase the Eagles out.
A lone wolf passes through,
searching for a mate.
A giant woodpecker's hammer
disturbs the silence,
echos in the distance.
It's over there, no.. it's over here.
Mushrooms grow in the old smut
from last year's fire.
A family of Coyotes squeal
with delight.
The creek tumbles down
through the denseness of green.
I found the green,
and it cannot be any greener.
Even in winter,
when everything is either green or white.
The white is the purifier,
Then you realize that Idaho
needs it's winter to cleanse the green.

Meanwhile, as the creek flows,
I am stuck in Las Vegas
where life has landed me.
Dreaming of the places, I have loved before.

Glen Longino
06-24-2012, 04:37 PM
Brilliant, Bud!
Thanks!:)

bobbys
06-24-2012, 07:12 PM
Very Nice!.

I too had Beeutullfull spots.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_246OMBI86f8/S5l1DywT25I/AAAAAAAAC7I/BytGIuMZmTE/s1600/acme_style_garfield_05.jpg

callsign222
06-24-2012, 07:52 PM
Sounds like you need to get the frack out of Las Vegas, toute suite.


Nice job, BTW

bobbys
06-24-2012, 09:10 PM
Can you move to Idaho?.

Are you not able cause of not selling?

pefjr
06-24-2012, 09:22 PM
Can you move to Idaho?.

Are you not able cause of not selling?The wife is not retired, I can go, but it's too lonely, tried it, it doesn't work very long. I may go in Sept. for a few weeks.

Paul Pless
06-24-2012, 09:27 PM
This is a nice thread pef, thanks. Somedays I really miss Alabama. But Michigan is a profoundly beautiful state in its own right, and my love is here, its becoming home.

Durnik
06-24-2012, 09:38 PM
Nice, thanks.. & glad it's been a good life..

Ready for the next play, are ya? ;-)

enjoy
bobby

pefjr
06-24-2012, 09:39 PM
Very Nice!.

I too had Beeutullfull spots.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_246OMBI86f8/S5l1DywT25I/AAAAAAAAC7I/BytGIuMZmTE/s1600/acme_style_garfield_05.jpgIs this where you grew up, and now live on the coast of Oregon? You have come a long way. I don't see any swimming pools down there.

Glen Longino
06-24-2012, 10:28 PM
The wife is not retired, I can go, but it's too lonely, tried it, it doesn't work very long. I may go in Sept. for a few weeks.

What part of Idaho?
Northern, I hope!

pipefitter
06-24-2012, 11:02 PM
Here's where I grew up. Lemon Bay in Englewood, FL. Gulf coast. Still very pristine when I was there. After they put the condos on the beach, figured I might as well live where at least work was steady. Every store, drinking establishment could be reached by boat. Fishing was second to none. The original folks, golden. You could catch up to 100 dozen large shrimp per night with a dip net and a lantern. Stone crab claws the size of your hand. Oysters at low tide. That alone could pass for a part of income for how well you could eat from the land and water.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l309/tigmaster/LemonBay.jpg

David W Pratt
06-25-2012, 01:46 PM
Beautiful poem

Osborne Russell
06-25-2012, 01:51 PM
Yeah, man.

pefjr
06-25-2012, 02:35 PM
Here's where I grew up. Lemon Bay in Englewood, FL. Gulf coast. Still very pristine when I was there. After they put the condos on the beach, figured I might as well live where at least work was steady. Every store, drinking establishment could be reached by boat. Fishing was second to none. The original folks, golden. You could catch up to 100 dozen large shrimp per night with a dip net and a lantern. Stone crab claws the size of your hand. Oysters at low tide. That alone could pass for a part of income for how well you could eat from the land and water.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l309/tigmaster/LemonBay.jpgI remember in the late 60's/early 70's, it was all jungle from Sarasota to Naples and beyond. I almost ran over a Rattlesnake that stretched across one full lane of the Hwy 93, and as thick as my tire. A paradise destroyed by developers hungry for a dollar.

pipefitter
06-27-2012, 12:17 PM
I remember in the late 60's/early 70's, it was all jungle from Sarasota to Naples and beyond. I almost ran over a Rattlesnake that stretched across one full lane of the Hwy 93, and as thick as my tire. A paradise destroyed by developers hungry for a dollar.

Indeed. I recall having to drive 45 minutes North to Sarasota, or an hr South to Ft. Myers to buy the more modern items and clothes.

I have been back there in the last couple of years and I won't be making the trip again. A friend was telling me about an area not far from where I lived that is now the "drug section." I thought of all the late nights I walked home through there past the baseball park/rec center, my only caution being dogs who were left out at night or the occasional armadillo, that would blindly run right into my feet if I didn't step aside.

I recall staying at the old wood bridge fishing/shrimping till the wee hours at around age 12, and when walking the 3 miles home, the only town cop picking me, my fish and gear and giving me a ride the rest of the way, along with a lecture of being out so late. "Oh and btw, those sure are some nice mangrove snapper you have there, sure you are up to cleaning all those at this hour?" It got to be a regular relationship, paying my way home with fresh shrimp and fish, along with a learned respect for the law the right way. And people wonder how I got so good at fishing. It was from wanting to catch a double portion so that my cop friend would have some too.

Wild hog, deer and quail hunting at the end of our road, that was just two tire ruts adorned with pine roots as natural speed bumps. A pet owl named Ollie that I had saved from the mockingbirds as a baby, who would return every year thereafter to keep me awake at night screeching in the big pine tree just outside my bedroom window.

By now it doesn't really matter where I live in hindsight. I can move anywhere in the country. As long as there are plenty of strip malls and transplanted know-it-alls. My only salvation here these days is when I get on the water and deep into the mangroves. Anywhere land based, not so much, which is pretty much off limits by now anyway.

Kind of odd being removed as king and reduced to their version of riff-raff.

MiddleAgesMan
06-27-2012, 12:39 PM
Great thread, Mr. Pefjr.

I'm the type that enjoys whatever is around me, no matter where I live or visit. There's always interesting stuff around us, some of it beautiful and some of it just interesting. Grab a life where ever you can and hang on!

Gerarddm
06-27-2012, 12:47 PM
Very, very nice, pefjr. Salute'.

pefjr
06-27-2012, 01:33 PM
What part of Idaho?
Northern, I hope!This photo is a meadow and Chimney Rock Mountain Peaks 30 miles south of Canada. That's a popular rock climb, sheer walls. My property is dense forest behind this meadow which is now a Grizzly Bear Nature Conservatory and is as wild a wilderness as is still left in this country. http://bearinfo.org/our-work/selkirk-ecosystem/ In springtime I wear a 44 mag on my hip that a friend forced on me for my protection. I'd hate to use it, but I do feel better with it, as I have had Grizzlies stop by to visit. They are usually gone up higher by June. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/--fWQpVCPrf4/T-tPx9puyCI/AAAAAAAADp0/glgC_KDgYHI/s800/03-16-07-1%2520chimney%2520rock.JPG?gl=US



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Osborne Russell
06-27-2012, 01:40 PM
Fishing was second to none. The original folks, golden. You could catch up to 100 dozen large shrimp per night with a dip net and a lantern. Stone crab claws the size of your hand. Oysters at low tide. That alone could pass for a part of income for how well you could eat from the land and water.

Funny how things evolve. In the old days people thought they were well off, while everyone else thought they were poor. The people that are there now, many would consider them well off, but they are discontented and want more.

pipefitter
06-27-2012, 03:13 PM
Funny how things evolve. In the old days people thought they were well off, while everyone else thought they were poor. The people that are there now, many would consider them well off, but they are discontented and want more.

Aint that the truth. Also, I never recalled 40 somethings of that era with heart conditions and diabetes. Nearest minor hospital 20 miles. Fresh green vegetables and seafood, in amounts that must have been enough to make up a balance for the cornbread, fried chicken and bacon. Of course, some of that good health could be associated with having to expend a certain amount of one's calories for such bountiful returns. Now, most folks have to watch the TV to know what the temperature is outside. At least that they may be subjected to from their climate controlled McMansions to their overstuffed automobiles.

I get odd looks when people find out that I don't use air conditioning, or when I claim how I have to be exerting myself at something in 90 degree temps to break an honest sweat. Of course being that I work at welding, in a metal building, where temps can reach over 100 in August, I don't really see the mystery.

I figure they have just never realized the soothing effect of that Gulf breeze, or cool terrazzo floors on hot feet, especially at night.

I can honestly say I have never been poor in Florida. I've been broke, but never poor. Perhaps that's why I don't sweat the state of the economy these days like I ought to. My breeches will always fit the same at any rate.

My sweetheart is from NJ. I have been a culture shock I am sure. But at the very least, I am a cheap date.

I will say, having lived here when I did, my 2 sons who are adults now, have experienced FL. from the outside in. My son moved from home a few months ago temporarily. I was pretty pleased to find that he was able to fashion fishing jigs from discarded items in which to catch dinner with when he was hungry. They will do ok for themselves.

pipefitter
06-27-2012, 03:21 PM
Pefjr, by far the best thread in the bilge as of late. It centers around my thoughts most days. Especially when I catch myself slipping with taking things for granted at times.

pefjr
06-28-2012, 04:34 PM
Pefjr, by far the best thread in the bilge as of late. It centers around my thoughts most days. Especially when I catch myself slipping with taking things for granted at times.Glad you like it. Your post took me back to when I was in the NW FL. and Panhandle before the developers discovered places like Crystal River and the springs around the Suwannee River. In the summer of 68 three of us dove in Ichetucknee Springs. We followed an old local map to a dead end dirt road and then walked through thick woods carrying our equipment for at least a 1/4 mile. We were the only ones there. Not many people had ever dove in that springs. Today they limit the # to 240 a day in the summer and it is surrounded by campgrounds, and motels. It's a State Park. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Wakulla Springs is another one. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GPCK_enUS384US384&sugexp=chrome,mod=5&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=Ichetucknee+Springs