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Fishing With Dad

Florida Everglades Wind by Mark Mazzarella
Trolling over the deep backwaters of the Everglades, turtles snapped and alligators sunned on banks, still as statues. The lush landscape was quiet except for the occasional splash of a wading bird searching for its breakfast. As morning sun ascended, light beamed almost as bright as Dad’s face in anticipation. Heat rose from liquid sky, melting our reflections in widening circular ripples on the surface of black waters brimming with life. Near the edge of swaying sawgrass, I cast my line slicing the canal in two, and Dad did the same by the far bank. The largemouth bass of his dreams swam beneath us as we drifted westward and farther from civilization. Eventually, we would reach his favorite spot where the waterway forked at a mahogany tree that towered over the sabal palm, strangler figs, and cypress. Here, he was happier to help me reel one in, always encouraging me to get the fish in the boat myself. Here, he caught and released more than I could count. Here, I honored his request and scattered his ashes to the warm wind with a prayer, many tears, and many memories. Written 7/3/20 Contest - In Loving Memory Sponsor - Regina Riddle

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Date: 7/15/2020 3:19:00 PM
This reminded my of your poem "Safe In My Memories". I can see why your dad loved summer so much. I'm sure that going fishing with his daughter was a highlight for him. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories of your dad, Rhonda. It's helping me to process my own memories. ~ John
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Date: 7/5/2020 2:28:00 AM
Scattering his ashes in the wind, at a place that you know he would want you to do it - a wonderful sentiment and a heartfelt thought - a touching write my friend - all the best for the contest. Blessings, Jennifer.
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 7/6/2020 9:07:00 PM
Thanks you, my friend. Yes, he wanted the Everglades to he his final resting place. He loved fishing, nature and the warmth of Florida. Blessings to you, Rhonda xx
Date: 7/4/2020 8:16:00 PM
THis is a beautiful Tribute, Rhonda. So many memories released to the wind.
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 7/6/2020 9:03:00 PM
Thanks so much, Andrea. It's always bittersweet to write about my dad. He loved to fish more than I did. I just loved spending time with him. :) Rhonda xx
Date: 7/4/2020 2:11:00 PM
Such a great write Rhonda, having wonderful imagery and bringing home your memories. Hope everything is ok in Florida. Take care my precious friend, Blessings always,Gordon
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 7/6/2020 9:01:00 PM
Thank you, Gordon! Writing about my dad is always bittersweet. I'm ok...hope you're also doing well, my friend. Blessings, Rhonda xx
Date: 7/4/2020 1:49:00 PM
Very well done! My two youngest sisters would have recited this at his funeral! Aloha! Rico
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 7/6/2020 9:00:00 PM
Thanks, Rico. Bittersweet memories get a little sweeter with time. Blessings, Rhonda xx
Date: 7/4/2020 7:12:00 AM
WOW! Exquisite details paint splendid imagery--you take the reader to the scene, Rhonda--dwelling in most loving memories.
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 7/6/2020 8:58:00 PM
Thank you, Vijay. It's a bittersweet write. I still go to the boat launch to pay my respects, but I haven't been out on a boat to the spot...one day I will. :) Rhonda xx
Date: 7/4/2020 4:38:00 AM
A memory that will reverberate through the passing years. Splendid piece!
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 7/6/2020 8:56:00 PM
Thank you so much, JCB. I appreciate the kind visit. Blessings, Rhonda xx
Date: 7/3/2020 10:04:00 PM
A gorgeous memory written in a beautiful way. Good luck in the contest.
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 7/6/2020 8:54:00 PM
Thank you, Caren...a bittersweet write for me. I miss my dad everyday. Blessings, Rhonda xx
Date: 7/3/2020 9:00:00 PM
Lovely piece, you brought the scene to life, honoring life and death; heart renderingly so. xomo
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Rhonda Johnson-Saunders
Date: 7/6/2020 8:53:00 PM
Thank you so much, Maureen. This poem was bittersweet to write. Blessings, Rhonda xx