A photo of Blackwater River State ParkA Haiku on ‘Blackwater River State Park’ and Other Poetry by K.M. Hayes The Society February 2, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Haiku and Senryu, Humor, Poetry 6 Comments . Blackwater River State Park A warm summer day. The kayak floats quietly. The cicadas sing. . . Nightfall at Pensacola Beach The sun has now set And not a light can be seen. What just made that splash? . . The Forts of Pensacola Bay The guns are silent. And the forts have not a soul. Not in ’61! . . K.M. Hayes is a freelance writer. He lives and works in Gainesville, FL. . . NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Joe Tessitore February 2, 2021 Well done and very evocative! What does the ‘61 reference? Reply Paul Freeman February 2, 2021 1861, American Civil War – Battle of Pensacola. Immortalised, I do believe, in the film ‘Glory’. Reply Paul Freeman February 2, 2021 I especially liked the first haiku, Mr Hayes. The last one still has me a bit flummoxed, but I’m cogitating. Reply Margaret Coats February 2, 2021 From my point of view, the final exclamatory line says, “That’s not the way it was in 1861!” Reply Margaret Coats February 2, 2021 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! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant February 4, 2021 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! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.