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Brady Bowen 1973 (Louisiana)

Upon the blackwater lies a blanket
purple flash as far as the eye can see
bright star-robes of the Atchafalaya
there is no lady half as wild as she.

I’ve found sinking houses in her dark deep
falling from the tall pylons to their rest
around them cypress giants deeply sleep
we are the young they whisper of in jest.

livewater lizards lazily patrol
conductors of the bullfrog bugle-band
should one of them arrest you they will roll
with your lifeblood they gladly soak the land

the heron is the swordsman of Lake Dauterive
he fences underwater for his fare
grace that causes dancers to sorely grieve
blue-winged liftoff is his dance into the air

the crawfish rule underwater regions
their Congress the dialogue of spiders
wearing their knight’s armor they are legion
their burrows do make them expert hiders

my favorite creature is the woody drake
his raiment clearly marks him as a fop
his legend surely names him as a rake
he struts about as his bright colors pop

I love the Lady Atchafalaya
she has my heart clenched in her muddy claws
in the land of spicy jambalaya
she has no regard for normal man-laws.

how long will we enjoy her existence?
how will we then replace her when she’s gone?
the oil men rape her with no resistance
Cajun pride they can purchase with a song
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Written on March 23, 2022

Submitted by BradyB999 on March 24, 2022

Modified by BradyB999 on March 24, 2022

1:17 min read

Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 1,310
Words 257
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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  • Symmetry58
    As per typical - Creativity + Brilliantly Penned = 5-Star.

    One possible typo found: "of" repeated. "livewater lizards lazily patrol
    conductors of of the bullfrog bugle-band
    LikeReply1 year ago
    • BradyB999
      thanks! And thanks for the catch
      LikeReply1 year ago


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