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Navy Show ‘n Tell

Awestruck faces all turned upwards
As Blue Angels shriek the sky
Thrills and chills of high-tech dogfight
Show the crowd what taxes buy

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Old Bay-embalmed crabs
Bushels to butcherpaper
Fingers feel the burn

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“Isabelle was here!”
Scribbled near a hip-high line
Sobering reminder on a shop wall
Of a battle long and damply fought

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Cherished memory of that chill fall night
Teased from anchor by a beckoning breeze

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Pilot climbs up jacob’s ladder
Scales the ship, commands the rudder
Safe to port in any weather
Guide through night and day

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Glaciers once receded slowly at their own pace
Not so today the underwater grass and oyster beds
Acres and acres gone fast missing, uncounted dead
In a silent losing war with the swelling human race

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The hiss of water’s retreat on sand
The “crawwwwk” as a Great Blue Heron lands
The lament of the Light on a foggy night
The honking “V” of wild geese in flight

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A path of crushed shells
Oyster ghosts’ complaining shards
A crunch underfoot

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Twin spans yet countless bridges cloaked in plain sight
Gleaming in sunlight, rising from the shroud of fog
Innumerable crossings convey a myriad of yearnings

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In the autumn of my seaworthy life
I humbly confess the ever so now and then
Occasional bumping of Bay’s ample bottom

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