Free verse by Beverly Stock.
Travel as the crow flies or
Measure in miles traversed in
Long twisting passages. Free-flowing,
Brackish waters between Cape Charles,
Past St. Michaels, to the shores of Baltimore,
blend and merge.
The consequence of ocean tides and river sediment,
Render a productive habitat for wildlife and
an animated laboratory for scientists.
An intriguing profusion of estuarine and migratory
co-mingling within saline and riverine influences.
All there to feed, reproduce and shelter.
year-round species, and amphibian tourists,
This arm of the seas, at the end of a river,
Draws me to the estuaries of Chesapeake Bay. Beverly Stock, at one time, lived near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers in St. Louis, Missouri.