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Blackwater River State Park

A warm summer day.
The kayak floats quietly.
The cicadas sing.

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Nightfall at Pensacola Beach

The sun has now set
And not a light can be seen.
What just made that splash?

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The Forts of Pensacola Bay

The guns are silent.
And the forts have not a soul.
Not in ’61!

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K.M. Hayes is a freelance writer.  He lives and works in Gainesville, FL.

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6 Responses

    • Paul Freeman

      1861, American Civil War – Battle of Pensacola. Immortalised, I do believe, in the film ‘Glory’.

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  1. Paul Freeman

    I especially liked the first haiku, Mr Hayes. The last one still has me a bit flummoxed, but I’m cogitating.

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    • Margaret Coats

      From my point of view, the final exclamatory line says, “That’s not the way it was in 1861!”

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  2. Margaret Coats

    I find the last line of “Nightfall” most interesting, especially because it seems to recall Basho’s frog. But the mystery expands into the night, since on a Florida beach, a splash is unlikely to have been made by a frog. Two frames of reference skillfully brought together!

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  3. Susan Jarvis Bryant

    What a treat of a Haiku trio. My favorite is “Nightfall at Pensacola Beach” simply because of the scene set and the seeming nod to Basho’s frog. Margaret has furthered my enjoyment with her information on the location… I applaud your magnificent closing line. Thank you!

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