Sunday Poetry: A Penny Cheaper

Welcome to Sunday Poetry. If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here.

I’m spending the summer at Chautauqua Institution, which sponsors morning lectures each week on a different theme. This week’s theme was Water and we were fortunate to have the talented resources of National Geographic with us to speak and share their spectacular and life-changing photographs. The message of the week was that we must protect our water resources. I, for one, came away with a new appreciation for the necessity of doing so, beginning with eating a lot less fish since 90% of all large fish have disappeared from our oceans since the 1950s. Sad, but all too true.

As my own contribution to the week’s theme I found this poem, The View From Cedar Key, by poet Lola Haskins, and found it visually powerful and thought-provoking. Ironically she wrote this before the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Remember, we read poetry together here for the pure pleasure of the experience. There are no quizzes, no right ways to read or contemplate the poem we share. Absolutely no dissecting allowed. Just come along for the “read.” What line, word or thought will you carry with you this week? If you’d like to tell us where the poem took you? We’ll listen.

Remember, too, there is a special giveaway in progress for those who comment on any Sunday Poetry blog before year’s end.  See the details here.


  1. Beverly Silvestre on July 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    This is a beautiful poem. I’d gladly pay more for fuel and economize my best to save all the wonderful waterways in this world.

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