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Magnolia Steet at Sunset | by JamesWatkins
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Magnolia Steet at Sunset

Better Large-beautiful live oaks in front of the Fountain of Youth on Magnolia Street in Saint Augustine, Florida. These trees are magnificent and rather hard to capture correctly! A beautiful stroll or visit right outside the gate of the FOY facility just off the Saint Augustine Bay and Inter-coastal Waterway. Here, in sunset light, the evening falling gives the trees the right glow.




What Good Are Trees (J.H. Watkins)


What good are trees,

If I miss the heart that spun the seed,

That dreamed the dream,

That danced nuclear in first fiery moments,

Before colors collided on patterns woven in atomic autumns

And stardust stellar stadiums of wintry dawns-


When moons rose only on waters that stilled the night,

That reflected the light that ended eras,

That moved the mountains,

Before the oceans swept canyons clean of crust

And prepared tables for grasses to grow?


What good are wings,

If wonder does not take flight,

While wild woods bear the broken breath of winds,

That hang soft in southern summers,

Where soaring birds draft

Towering tides of unseen waves

Riding currents, swirling in springs of hope,

Hidden in hills, that no one knows?


What good is hope

That shares nothing in conception,

And wonders without warm witness in cold stolen hours,

Longing in lonely moments, that come only once,

Heave hot and holy breath for seconds,

Then pass without planting or gathering

From the soil of life and the strength of tears

That know the awe of this moment’s birth.


J.H. Watkins 01-09

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Taken on October 3, 2011