Hi teachers! The last poem I’m going to share for now from my new 30 Painless Classroom Poems book, Wacky, Wild, and Wonderful: 50 State Poems, is the one inspired by my home state, Florida.
Note: Florida Bay is an 850-square-mile estuary at the southern tip of Florida. The freshwater flowing south through the Everglades meets the saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean. This sawgrass-covered bay supports both freshwater and saltwater wildlife, including the endangered American crocodile, alligators, dolphins, manatees and many more.
A Note from the Poet:
A place where both saltwater and freshwater fish and animals seems so unreal to me. That’s why I tried to give this poem a surreal, sort of spooky mood. And because sharks and gators freak me out, I had to end with a threat.