The last day of National Poetry Month and I have not forgotten. This is a special poem by Ann Shapiro who was fortunate to stay in one of our fine Lake Worth Vacation-stays.
The Floridian Bus Rider’s Buzz
Dedicated to J.C.H. who gently encouraged us to avoid renting a car
Morning calm to early evening chaos
Spanish, Creole, English and more,
bus riders courteous and familiar to those foreign and tenuous.
A man requests to carry on a microwave,
are we in Mexico or Nicaragua, maybe Peru?
No need to travel further,
for their ambassadors are here softening our world.
Buses timely to unbearably late,
a small child tugs the skirt of her mother,
a pack of teens laughs with a marginal man,
a young woman gives an aged one her seat.
To my delight a broad palette of skin color
Rich brown tones to variable white
African-American Mayan Latino to those pale and gray,
the lithe the thin stocky or obese
sit by the mumbling-ill or flamboyant manic her hair a hot pink.
In humid heat breeze or rain always the A/C chill,
yet warmth comes from the buzz and indelibly enthralls.
Ann Shapiro – 02/14
Ann and her husband live on the outskirts of Salem N.Y. and were collected from the Palm Beach International Airport. Advised they did not need a vehicle but should they decide a get a rental car, they can make that decision on day three or four. They remained without a car for the entire month, using Palm Beach County public transportation. They got to know Lake Worth’s charm, shopped here and dined at almost every restaurant we have. Results of their month stay. They have requested that they would like to come back on an annual basis and instead of a month perhaps three.
Thank You for the submission