Ode to Sapelo

 The river property sale closes today at 10 am 

Ode to Sapelo River

your marsh and river 

at dawn and dusk

ever-changing palette 

of brilliant hues,

whose back we scratched 

on novice skis,

whose arm we tickled 

casting lines, nets

whose oaks 

huddled family gatherings 


sheltered peaceful togetherness

you picked up 

the dinner check:

deviled crab, 

steamed shrimp, 

fried fish

and lulled us 

in a dock hammock 

as we listened

for playful dinnertime dolphins

your trees and river breezes 

brought cleaner air 

to clear 

the lungs 

the mind

your heart our refuge 

from demands  

and deadlines

well done, friend! 

now you’re ready 


fully embrace 

and care 

for a new family 

who’ll take 

your empty shell 


breathe new life 

into you

you have so much more 

to give 

and you’re long overdue 

for a makeover 


the laughter of family 

flooding your veins

we’ll never forget 

the joy you brought us! 

so long, old friend! 

the memories live on….

2 Replies to “Ode to Sapelo”

  1. Hi – My name is Mary Rigger and my husband, Don, and I purchased your family's place. We are so honored to be the new stewards of this magical place. It cast a spell on us from the moment we stepped on the property. I would like permission to print your poem and frame it in the house. I also wanted to extend, as I did to your brother and father, an invitation to stop by anytime. Thank you for the beautiful poem. Best wishes – Mary


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