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Turner River Closure
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Interstate 75 Mile Marker 63 Closure
Beginning summer of 2013, the rest area and backcountry access at Mile Marker 63 will be closed due to construction. More »
2013 Winners Announced for Annual Big Cypress Poetry Contest
Contact: Christopher Derman, 239-695-1165
In honor of National Poetry Month, Big Cypress National Preserve held its inaugural poetry contest. There was an overwhelming level of interest, which made the selection process challenging, but very enjoyable. The winners were selected by the employees of Big Cypress, based on relevance to the Preserve and artistic merit.
Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is held every April, when schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture.
The first, second and third place finishers are below:
The sky is awash in a golden glow
I look on ….
I wonder about the stories interlaced in the tides
As I take in the last rays of the setting sun
Belly flat, rough planks eroding my elbows.
My eye brings the moving mass into sharp relief,
A hundred clicks, then a hundred more. I had captured his companion's smile
He slips silently across the top of the dark brine, nosing the rim where
The burning orb is almost extinguished now, shadows long. What little light remains
When the peace in me
While we searched for clues
Cypress trunks resemble aged ball gowns,
Brown hands bent pliable shoots to mark these trails
Feel who treaded soaked ground.
Step into Florida's shelter.
Did You Know?
Ervin T. Rouse (1917-1981) wrote one of the most popular fiddling tunes of all time..."Orange Blossom Special"...about the luxury train from Orlando to Miami. He was a resident of the Loop Road area and a friend of the Seminoles.