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Joan Jetski's Memorial Day Report

I'm the Soup's Joan Jetski reporting live
From Florida’s Gulf Coast where seabirds thrive
The leaking oil grime has not reached us yet
Tourist dollars are needed to ease our debt

So please come on down to the Sunshine State
Enjoy our beaches before it’s too late
The governor’s lifted licensing laws
Free fishing for all, just watch out for Jaws

But if your boat takes you farther offshore
The great white’s black coat may stick to your oar
We’re told it will be at least a few days
Till our coastal sea is doused in dark haze

Bring cameras, take pictures, show all your friends
What our white sands looked like, pristine and cleansed
Memorial Day on the Emerald Coast
May be our last chance of beauty to boast

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  1. Date: 2/28/2011 9:15:00 PM
    Great poem on a sad subject, and even now they're discovering more damage to the sea floor. What a twisted world we live in

  1. Date: 6/2/2010 1:25:00 PM
    This entry was easy for you.... : ) I love your take on the Contest, Carolyn. The last stanza is brilliant... What a tragedy! My best wishes. Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/1/2010 5:43:00 AM
    Fab satire!!! I wish I could write like this, excellent

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 10:35:00 AM
    Carolyn...this is a great entry for the contest ! Sad, yet a perfect addition ! And I hope I get to visit before skis are needed to roam the beaches ! james

  1. Date: 5/31/2010 8:24:00 AM
    Very good and creative thinking on this write, I like it, but what a God awful mess just for someone's greed...thanks on Bomb....just how it is here now on the border...Danny

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 6:43:00 PM
    Carolyn, wonderful poetry. Sadly enough it's but another example of what a reckless species we truly are, YF4L, God Bless, mj

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 4:13:00 PM
    this is cool.a sad happening in your write for the contest.and it sounds like a very convincing news report.. hopefully we can still smile these days. good luck in the contest, Carolyn -always&forever lynette

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 3:16:00 PM
    I hope your entertaining poem continues to be a fictional news report....and does not come to pass as real life! Best wishes and good luck to all those living on the Gulf coast!! Great piece, Carolyn!!

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 2:29:00 PM
    It is a sham, the oild spill and this poem tells it the way it is. Good luck in the contest. Thank you for your comments on "The Forgotten Veteran" Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 8:55:00 AM
    Such a tragic thing the oil leak. One man was crying on T.V. about the loss of our wet lands. YOu've mixed in a little humor, but the tragedy still sounds. The big parade was one of the most memorable things for kids. What I remember most was the big bass drum beating in my chest. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 7:51:00 AM
    Been to disnyworld there and was it hot at 6 in morning it was a balmy 85 felt like in sauna but one thing I can say is that you can actually eat off those streets and sidewalks there how clean I want to come back but maybe will try in winter months you had me smiling with this one hope sea life gets spared and hope they use dawn soap to clean them critters with like on tv sure not sure why they don't used kevin costners plan

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 7:51:00 AM
    No Carolyn this is fiction. My daughter is daiting a soldier right now who leaves for Afganistan in January... Just with this our hearts hurt.but makes this day so much more meaningful... Thank you

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 7:16:00 AM
    My favorite spot is St. Pete. I used to visit Tampa a lot and take my mother on the boat ride to see the dolphins. This is memory refreshing. Great job and keep writing. Joseph

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 7:14:00 AM
    I think this poem is just wonderful, and you did an excellent job with the rhyming. I have rated it a seven. Although, I am way up in Canada, I stand in sorrow with the world. We see the devastation, this oil spill has caused and will continue to destroy the ocean and land. I wish you the best of luck in the contest. Constance

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 6:13:00 AM
    Very Good!!!! a winner again Love..

  1. Date: 5/30/2010 3:36:00 AM
    Great write, Carolyn! I feel deeply with all who are affected by the oil spill!!! And just today I learned that the so called operation "Top Kill" has failed! BP had thought this method would be the best to stop the spill. Now they want to take remove the oil pipes and to encapsule the leak to be able to pump the leaking oil and this operation could take four to seven days!!! This seems to be the last chance for BP. Tank you, Carolyn for your friendly comments and have a great week...Love, Gert

  1. Date: 5/29/2010 11:51:00 PM
    I love the name Joan Jetski...reminds me of one of those improv names used on "Who's Line Is It Anyway?" Great choice for the poem...and a great poem. Humor always seems to stick closer to the truth! Dan C ps. Have a great Holiday weekend.

  1. Date: 5/29/2010 7:40:00 PM
    Love the humor. What a wakeup call, accidents happen but it seems like this keeps repeating itself.....great poem.....Karla

  1. Date: 5/29/2010 7:15:00 PM
    ps How cute, Joan Jetski

  1. Date: 5/29/2010 7:14:00 PM
    wow, you really made this relevent to the sad facts of today. Is it for Irma's contest? It really rocks, Carolyn. YOu did a great job at it and so far, yours is the only one I think I've seen of a news report yet! LUv, Andrea ps thanks for commenting on my blog!