CL Writing Contest 2017 (Top 10 Poetry): The First Settlers

Vote for your favorite poem and story at cltampa.com/writingcontest through March 3.

Five months after the flood

left it weak and trembling,

bones are floating up

from the earth. Vertebrae

scattered across the breezeway,

ribs rising from underneath

the bed and breakfast on Orange Street,

a skull found below the wine shop,

jaws stretched open, hoping

for a sip.

The archaeologists come

from Gainesville, talk of blue gloves

and carbon dating, examine every chalky

remnant, and tell us

these are the first settlers, lingering

below shifting ground for five hundred years.

But they are telling us what we already know:

this town is made of coquina and cannonballs —

buried, drowned, it rises.


Vote for your favorite poem and story at cltampa.com/writingcontest through March 3.

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