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
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
Drying from the currents
Some kayakers pass by
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
This sounds like a paradise… I bicycle to work every day, but no palmtrees or cormorants… not it’s dark and often rainy.
Too bad. Reminds me of growing up in England 😐.
Florida is beautiful. I wish I saw more of it. Nice description of your run/commute through your neighborhood.
Thanks Frank. It was a great prompt. I got to see what everyone else sees 🙂
Your run offers some refreshing sights. I felt like I was there with you.
Oh good, I’m so happy you felt that 🙂
Wow, I’d definitely run in this place any day.
Nature is beautiful Ragazza. Hope you’re well 🙂
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’.
Thanks Kim. I feel so lucky living amongst all these beautiful birds. They are fascinating to watch … and rather large 🙂
Daily and routine can be a time for thinking and thanking.
Beautifully put Sadje! Thanks for reading 🙂
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.
Thank you Sarah!’ Yes, I live in gratitude for nature’s gifts 🙂
Boats, flowers, birds…a lovely journey you take. Been a long time since I have lived in Florida, brought back memories.
Thanks Dorianna. 🙂 How long have you been gone?
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
I’m not far from Clearwater 🙂
I remember it was getting crowded but had a pretty beach…about all I remember now.
Yes and we are about to go into high season 😟
As I am getting older, I would hardly be able to handle the traffic now…lol
Lol! I can handle tg3 numbe4 of cars just not all the drivers from elsewhere. They’re always lost 🙂
Paradise! Thanks for showing us the beautiful landscape you enjoy each day.
Thanks V.J. 🙂 Yes, I really do live in Paradise. Beauty in my surroundings.
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
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 😔
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!
It is Gina but its bad on your body and it is rarely flat 😑
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.
Thanks Jordan 💕Yes, it certainly feels like that here 🙂