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Salt scent sending messages

From the Atlantic Ocean

A body of water that might be

The end of the world

Because who knows what’s really through

The vanishing point?


Fishy fragrance floating

From the green seaweed

Although the Gulf of Mexico

Has its share of redness

Also known as the Red Tide

Destroyer of manatees and fish.


Storm runoff pollutes

Sulphur Springs’ once-healing water

Filling dangerous sink holes

Sucking cars and people

Into shifting sands meant

To be a beach, not a city.


Hydroelectric power produced

By a Florida-Georgia dam

Where Lake Seminole and others

Contribute their fresh water

Lovely parks, lots of fish

Share the energizing of air conditioners.


Shallow-water well weeps

In my backyard, famous Florida aquifers

Water-filled layers of earth

Over 31,000 areas of known

Groundwater contamination

Better not get mine tested, ignorance is bliss…


© 2015 ViataMaja, WATER


*Title based on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Samuel Taylor Coleridge


  1. Clarissa , your poem is a flow of sensitive thoughts about our suffering earth … Surely,the lack of drinkable water will be one of the most relevant issues for the future generations if Nature is not respected as necessary

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    1. Yes, you are correct, Amalia. I believe that Love Water Day on March 22nd will present information to those who have access to fresh water and never thought about the world in general where water is sometimes a luxury. Thank you so much for reading and enjoying my poem!


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