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Poetry: Exploring the Florida Botanical Gardens

Out of the Sandbox

By Meriem Ziad

(In Largo you can find 30 acres of beautiful fauna and flora at the Florida Botanical Gardensa great place to spend the day walking and relaxing under the shade with a good book and a picnic basket)


Wild flowers bloom

As exotic plants sway in the breeze;

The sun—beating down like hands on a drum—

Illuminating the endless beauty;

The expanse of nature effortlessly

Captivating the senses,

Immersing oneself in wildlife;

The pond is serene

Essential to the garden’s life,

The life of the still and the moving—

The squirrels and the flowers,

The trees and the birds,

Endless interactions with each other;

A circle of survival and living

A beautiful connection to Earth;

Peaceful and quiet

As melodic birds fly by;

The perfect way to spend the day

When the hustle and bustle of life

Becomes too much

And you need to get away.


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