“Lickety Wave Runner Splits”

(June 5, 2019)

low mid-lake ‘runner

beats wind-ripple waves to froth

streaking through the stream*

*(Faster’n most, a low-slung wave runner tames the gentle troughs – ripples, really – and beats them to a feathery froth sprinting across Lake Monroe’s eleven-mile width at The Saint Johns River mainstream channel, the towering grey-and-sometimes-somber-black clouds closing in from the North. Seen from a safe – he hopes – perch under City Hall’s comfortable viewing deck. Breezes aplenty, little sun, a perch above the road and roundabout and Veterans Memorial Park, the old city Bandshell now repurposed but still a muchly martial mien. A splendid people-watcher perch.)

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