Patty Patten Tiffany ~ Apalachicola

intercoastal

Gracious flatland,
dotted with deep green magnolias,
sweet blossoms and Southern drawl
to welcome weary travelers from the sea.

You sprawl along sandy lawns
near muddy water
rich with fat oysters
culled with wooden boats.

Scrub pines are the blanket
to cover a rich history
of cotton barons,
lumber kings,
Confederate warriors,

All laid to rest
by art galleries and crab shacks,
Just beyond
the carved marble headstones
of past heroes
under sleepy live oaks,
drooping Spanish moss,
in the shadow of the white church steeple
where they were baptized.

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