Key West Couplets — Part One


Key West Shoreline

Key West is America’s tropical southernmost city,

One-and-a-half miles wide and four short miles of pretty,

Home to Mile Marker Zero, the end of US Highway One,

Where the Atlantic meets the Gulf to kiss the setting sun.

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Key West is roosters, six toed cats, and endangered Key Deer herds,

Street performing dogs, skittish lizards, photo posing boas and birds.

Kayaking to view manatees, nurse sharks, and dolphins,

Fishing the flats for grouper and hogfish while dreaming of marlins or tarpins.

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Key West is baked clams with bacon, pink shrimp, lobster cheese and mac,

Catch of the day so incredible we keep coming back,

Michael’s, The Flaming Buoy, Cafe Sole’s, and Blue Heaven,

Sloppy Joe’s, Hogs Breath, Aqua Club, and Irish Kevin’s.

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Key West is Hogaritas, Ultimate Margaritas, and Corona with limes,

Rum punch, Flying Monkeys’ frozen concoctions, and our favorite red wines.

(Hmm, that sounds like a good place to stop for now. I’m feeling a bit thirsty.)

To Be Continued…

Jolyse Barnett PhotographyWhat is Key West for you?

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jill Weatherholt
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 05:46:55

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs, Jolyse! I visited Key West during my college years and I have so many wonderful memories from that trip.

  2. LynneRose
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 14:48:44

    Lovely poetry! You make me so want to hop on a flight, Jolyse!

  3. Donna Coe-Velleman
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 10:16:41

    What is Key West to me? A dream.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Dec 04, 2012 @ 10:29:18

      Yes, and a beautiful dream it is. I can’t wait to share more of my Key West to inspire your fantasies, Donna. Who knows, maybe one day your dream will become reality. Thanks for stopping by and sharing. 🙂

  4. Jeannie Moon
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 20:04:12

    I love these! You put a smile on my face. 🙂

  5. Jolyse Barnett
    Dec 07, 2012 @ 18:58:15

    Thanks, Jeannie. I imagine you’ve been smiling a lot lately with your wonderful accomplishment. Looking forward to reading your book in May. 🙂

  6. Marcia Richards
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 17:57:29

    Excellent poem, Jolyse! I’m so late getting her but glad i came! Haven’t been to Key West, as you know, but would love it to be HOME one day. Looking forward to more pictures and what Key West is to you!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Dec 10, 2012 @ 20:30:38

      Thanks, Marcia. I’m a far more proficient prose writer than poet, but how I enjoy dabbling with words. Besides, it gives me an excuse to daydream about my tropical playground. Look forward to seeing you around here again. 🙂

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