Poetry month

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  

About Lake Worth Florida by the moment the source of inspiration

A former Unite Press International photographer. Spent 9 years with Cruise Ship Photos of London. Moved to Lake Worth from Coconut Grove, with artist husband Fred Hunt. Never leaves the house without a camera. Writes another blog "One Ear Society" dealing with the ins and outs of the art world. Closed her Art Gallery in Coconut Grove after 17 years to relocate in Lake Worth.
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