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Florida's Golden Coast

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 03-17-2000 10:17 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Florida's Golden Coast


The bustling southeast coast of Sunshine State
A megalopolis of palms and interstate
Accommodating more and more incoming mass
As alligator lurks below the overpass

They come from all directions over land and seas
To live in sprawling tropical communities
A mega-city built between the Everglade
And coastal waterways that God and man both made

A haven for the super rich and super poor
And Spanish speaking immigrants from other shore
They come by private jet, and overcrowded boat
They bask in wealth, or simply pray to stay afloat

Luxurious yacht thatís docked along the waterfront
Material product of the manmade wealth and want
Undocumented immigrants pursuing lifelong dreams
An underground economy is bursting at the seams

The night lights up with Latin rhythm and with song
And fine cuisine and wine under stately royal palm
A glittering diamond necklace strewn from Palm Beach to the keys
And man remains a mystery to the wondrous Manatees

Elizabeth Santos

© Copyright 2000 Elizabeth Santos - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 03-17-2000 10:21 AM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

Wow, Liz! You must really enjoy Florida! Now I want to go there!  

 "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde
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2 posted 03-17-2000 10:26 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

You're right about that Florida,
It's a helluva a place to be,
Golden beaches, swaying palms,
So many sights to see.

The only problem down there,
Is the sight that we all fear,
Down on the beach in swim trunks,
That rascal Balladeer!
Pepper
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3 posted 03-17-2000 10:29 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

You do South Florida proud, Liz ...
This is a wonderful piece .....
L,
Shannon
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4 posted 03-17-2000 10:34 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

You've painted a striking picture, Elizabeth... complete with contrasts of poverty with plenty. Well done!

And ROFL @ picture Toe painted... every paradise must have its drawbacks! LOL
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5 posted 03-17-2000 10:43 AM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Liz,

I like this some day I will have to go there, and I love the way you can see all sides of humanity.

Cerenity
Seymour Tabin
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6 posted 03-17-2000 01:55 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Elizabeth,
Your philanthropic view of Florida,
Has a multitude to consider.
And you have worded everyone
In I'd say the finest homespun.
Wonderful,
Love Sy
Martie
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I love the way you paint the truth with your words.  Your poetry is perfection!
Nate Dogg
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8 posted 03-17-2000 06:07 PM       View Profile for Nate Dogg   Email Nate Dogg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nate Dogg's Home Page   View IP for Nate Dogg

I agree with every word that you say Liz because I've been to Orlando and Daytona as I really enjoyed myself! Excellent description of Florida.

 Nathan
Elizabeth Santos
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9 posted 03-17-2000 06:58 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Lovebug, You would love it there, and I must admit, we had a blast! Thanks, dear

Toe, Thanks for the poem. Hope you will join us next time. The two muskateers missed the third one. We had a great time, but it would have been better with you. Glad to see you posting
Love ya

Pepper, Glad you liked the poem. It was just a first impression, and only one aspect of what I saw. What a great place!

Suthern, We had a great time on the phone, imagine if you had been there! It was wonderful getting to know you, and hearing the voice behind the beautiful face. Thanks for the comment

Cerenity, This was only two sides of a complex society. Thanks for you kind remarks

Sy, Thanks to you and Pepper and Balladeer, I got to see enough to paint a picture. Thank you for being my tour guide to that beautiful beach. It was like paradise. There's so much to see and do in that area.

Martie, the truth is fascinating, the poetry, just a reflection. Thanks, dear friend

Nate, Hope you liked Florida as much as I did. It's a place you want to go back to.Thanks for your comment

Liz
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10 posted 03-17-2000 08:14 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Wow! What a beautiful picture you paint! Makes me wish I were there. Wait! I am!!! Thanks for reminding me, Liz. Now where's that ginko beloba....?

Suthern...every paradise has its drawbacks? How you wound me!! ROFL!!! (you little devil!)

Toe went down to the beach one day,
Said, "Somebody, give me a hand.
I've always had a wild desire
To be buried in the sand."

Well, people came from miles around
To have a chance at that.
They came from New York, Oregon,
Some as far as Monserrat!

There were so many willing folks
Eager to dig his hole
The beach was closed, the cops came out
To handle crowd control.

Then finally the chore began..
I tell you, it was rough.
No matter how deep they made the hole
It wasn't deep enough!

Whenever Toe laid on his back
His belly stuck so high
They had to change the flight plans
Of the small planes flying by.

They finally put him on his belly.
Now Boy Scouts and the likes
Who come to visit had a place
Where they could park their bikes!

Elizabeth Santos
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11 posted 03-17-2000 08:34 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Balladeer,
Thanks for the laugh tonight
Was so sad to leave Florida, I needed some cheering up. Speaking of Toerag, I hope he can make it to the next meeting of the poetic minds in Florida. That would be a blast.
Thanks for the poem. I wish you would post the one that had me in tears of laughter at Sy's house. I'll never forget it
Love ya
Liz
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12 posted 03-17-2000 09:15 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Yep ... I needed some cheering up too .....  
Bal ... ROFLMAO !!!
Liz, I hope Toe and suthern can make it next year too ....  
'Night all ......
Denise
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13 posted 03-17-2000 09:35 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Wonderfully written, Elizabeth! I like how you incorporated the different lifestyles and perspectives in this poem!

Denise
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14 posted 03-17-2000 09:59 PM       View Profile for Aimster   Email Aimster   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aimster

~liz

this was simply beautiful!! having been to florida myself a few times, i know exactly what you mean by "heaven on earth". This poem was a wonderful representation of some of what south Florida is about. Hey lets all take a road trip, whatcha say? LOL. Take care,
Amy  

 ~Live today as though it were your last but prepare for tomorrow as though it were here~
Nan
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15 posted 03-18-2000 08:44 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

This is wonderful, Elizabeth...
I wanna be there toooooooooooo....... (she whines.....)..
Elizabeth Santos
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16 posted 03-18-2000 10:05 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Pepper:
Whenever you need cheering up, I'll hop a plane to Florida, and we'll cheer up together.
Stay pretty
Liz

Denise, Thank you, my guardian angel

Amy, That's what it's all about, and even more. Thanks, dear

Nan, We missed you there. What a blast!
Next time, OK?
Liz
 
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