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"Florida’s Curious Sea Cows" - Nonet Poems of a Manatee Sighting

I have written and published many poems all my life, including a self-published poetry book.

"Florida’s Curious Sea Cows"

Upon my paddleboard in the sun,

I explored the calm backwaters

Of Florida’s Lovers Key

Park and soon spotted a

Playful family

Of manatees –

Blissful cows

Of the



Snouts broke

The water’s

Sunlit surface,

With curious moves.

Pondering thoughts: did they

Wonder about me as I

Wondered about them with intrigue?

One sure thing is we will never know.

© 2021 Alyssa Scheidemann