Morning Commute

Morning Commute

My journey each day
weaves my neighborhood
I choose to run
So my health is good

Home is Florida
Plenty of heat
It’s The Sunshine State
It warms the feet

Each street I run
An abundance of flowers
Elegant lawns
Summer showers

As I travel the road
The palms are swaying
Colorful houses along the water
And boats are sailing

Turn left at the end
Heading for the bridge to the key
Today it is opening
For a tall mast in the sea

Fisherman trying their luck
With bait of shrimp
Careful navigating around
So I don’t end up with a gimp

On the other side is
a small park to rest
on a welcome bench
I can sit and feel blessed

Out on the marker posts
I see the Cormorants
Wings outstretched
Drying from the currents

Some kayakers pass by
Moving seamlessly
A pelican sunning himself
On the dock peaceably

After a short rest
Its time to head home
I’ll go back a different way
A great way to roam


Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©


In response to Sarah’s Prompt at dVerse Poets – Commute  

Photo by Filip Mroz on Unsplash

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  31 comments for “Morning Commute

  1. October 24, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    This sounds like a paradise… I bicycle to work every day, but no palmtrees or cormorants… not it’s dark and often rainy.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 24, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Too bad. Reminds me of growing up in England 😐.

  2. October 24, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Florida is beautiful. I wish I saw more of it. Nice description of your run/commute through your neighborhood.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 24, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks Frank. It was a great prompt. I got to see what everyone else sees 🙂

  3. October 24, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Your run offers some refreshing sights. I felt like I was there with you.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 24, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Oh good, I’m so happy you felt that 🙂

  4. October 24, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Wow, I’d definitely run in this place any day.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 24, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Nature is beautiful Ragazza. Hope you’re well 🙂

  5. October 24, 2018 at 3:28 am

    The rhythm of the poem makes it seem as if I’m running along beside you, Christine! I especially love the glimpse of cormorants on marker posts, ‘Wings outstretched / Drying from the currents’ and the ‘pelican sunning himself’.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 24, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Thanks Kim. I feel so lucky living amongst all these beautiful birds. They are fascinating to watch … and rather large 🙂

  6. October 24, 2018 at 3:06 am

    Daily and routine can be a time for thinking and thanking.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 24, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Beautifully put Sadje! Thanks for reading 🙂

  7. October 24, 2018 at 12:20 am

    I love the detail you give us – I particularly enjoyed seeing the cormorants. Your neighbour head sounds beautiful, and you have the gift of appreciating it.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 24, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Thank you Sarah!’ Yes, I live in gratitude for nature’s gifts 🙂

  8. October 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    Boats, flowers, birds…a lovely journey you take. Been a long time since I have lived in Florida, brought back memories.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 23, 2018 at 11:40 pm

      Thanks Dorianna. 🙂 How long have you been gone?

      • October 24, 2018 at 11:26 am

        Last time I lived there was 35 years ago but I did visit The Villages in March of this year but that is more inland. Last residence was Clearwater

      • Christine Bolton
        October 24, 2018 at 5:23 pm

        I’m not far from Clearwater 🙂

      • October 24, 2018 at 5:27 pm

        I remember it was getting crowded but had a pretty beach…about all I remember now.

      • Christine Bolton
        October 24, 2018 at 6:34 pm

        Yes and we are about to go into high season 😟

      • October 24, 2018 at 6:38 pm

        As I am getting older, I would hardly be able to handle the traffic now…lol

      • Christine Bolton
        October 24, 2018 at 6:41 pm

        Lol! I can handle tg3 numbe4 of cars just not all the drivers from elsewhere. They’re always lost 🙂

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  9. October 23, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Paradise! Thanks for showing us the beautiful landscape you enjoy each day.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 23, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks V.J. 🙂 Yes, I really do live in Paradise. Beauty in my surroundings.

  10. October 23, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    i feel the gratefulness in your poem, of a life that is rich because you choose to see all the beauty that surrounds you, every single detail you don’t miss. and having another route home, symbolic to me that no matter how far you roam you will find home once again – your poems always have a special meaning

    • Christine Bolton
      October 23, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      Gina the was so nice of you. I do take a lot of things in when I’m in nature. I particularly love flowers and birds. I have to run at the beach a little more but we had terrible Red Tide this year and it was hard to breathe 😔

      • October 23, 2018 at 10:04 pm

        we have the good and the not so good in nature, that must have not been very pleasant on your runs. running by the beach is so exhilarating!

      • Christine Bolton
        October 23, 2018 at 10:06 pm

        It is Gina but its bad on your body and it is rarely flat 😑

  11. October 23, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Sweet, it is great to hear about your day. Your neighborhood sounds lovely. Like a vacation home. The poem is nicely woven, I enjoyed the honoring of your day.

    • Christine Bolton
      October 23, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Jordan 💕Yes, it certainly feels like that here 🙂

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