At the beginning of the year, and coincidentally (or not), the beginning of this millennium, I traveled with my stalwart companion, Jean Lafitte, to some parts of the amazing Florida wilderness. We spent considerable time in the Everglades, and also visited the Ocala National Forest and the space coast. These poems are the fruit of that expedition. The epic Everglades is the centerpiece, presented as an interactive poem.

S.L. 2000

Lafitte in travel garb

R.I.P. 1987-2004

The Everglades Cycle


In the Pines

In Search of the Purple Gallinule

Homo Pyrotechnicus

Watching the Shuttle

The Source of the River of Grass
These poems are from the summer of 2001, Written near Lake Okeechobee in the Dupuis Water Management Area

Evening in the Piney Woods

Nothing Out There



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