A Morning at Fred Howard Park

The Serenity of the Beach at Howard Park - a Great Stress Reliever!

Fred Howard Park – Tarpon Springs, Florida

Let me sit here for awhile I thought
contemplating the morning sea
the cloudless sky, the sandy shore
all lovely, bathed in light.

I really did see it for a moment;
now, eyes shaded, I am pretending
daydreaming of Summers when young;
memories filled with the sensuality of the shore

for she had walked by, a body electric
tall, a perfectly turned ankle
worthy in itself of worship
limbs formed by the Gods
a sculptor’s deft touch to hip and breast.

I watch the waves rise
as if lifted by her fingertips
desire structuring the water
a world created in an instant

and in a moment collapsing
annulling a world
created and destroyed
without end.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to A Morning at Fred Howard Park

  1. beetleypete says:

    Always loved that version of ‘Girl From Ipanema’.
    The park looks very different to what we know as a park here, but I like the ocean views, and the palm trees too.
    Best wishes,from England. Pete.


    • toritto says:

      Hi Pete – Fred Howard Park really is a “park” with the usual trees and picnic areas – but it also has a glorious island beach connected by a causeway. It is frequented by locals and their northern visitors but rarely by :tourists” who don’t know where it is.




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