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High tropic Summer lies heavy o’er this land
sweltering heat and humidity
our Amazon, green algae choked
seeking it’s path to the open sea

trying hard not to disappear
into the sodden rain soaked soil
Spanish moss as living room drapes
Queen palms reigning over all

Thunder and lightning,
sturm und drang roll the  land
as turkey vultures in a rotting carcass play
in this vast inferno of a summer’s day.

Beyond the gates
ibis and cranes arise, taking flight
with no notice of my presence
or my concerns, their images

reflected in the calm waters
saw grass bending in the soft breeze;
the land feeling nothing
repeating itself with or without me.


Photo is mine – behind my house






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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4 Responses to Indifference

  1. beetleypete says:

    I got the real feel of a steamy Florida summer there, Frank. Nice work as always.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jlfatgcs says:

    Summer heat, and Ella & Louis performing “Summertime”…what could be better?

    Liked by 1 person

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