The Louisiana swampland is alive with color, movement, yesteryear and intrigue where white gray moss tickles your brow, hanging from trees begging to be climbed, loose barked limbs sipping languid water below, hiding their cypress trunks holding centuries of rings as their kinsman’s hollowed out logs ferried men the likes of Jean Lafitte, the privateer, through the sometimes murky oft clear water rife with hundreds of species of fish, turtles, crustaceans, serpents and gators, like the eight footer who just thumped my carved out one man pirogue as I paddled under low hanging vines, the sound breaking the musical chirping of birds, myriads of insects and the soft splash of a sacalait striking a mosquito hawk near the marshy shore where amongst the cypress knees were tracks of deer, raccoon, possum and skunk leading to a bayou bend drifting round, wandering, navigating under scrub oak, sweetgum, and hackberry, occasionally disturbing a blue heron or white crane gliding effortlessly through the speckled, filtered sunlight to another perch, along with dozens of fox squirrels chattering as they leapt from limb to branch following me along a little known water trail leading to my destination, a willow bough and palmetto shelter blending into the surround where I was greeted by my adopted friend a red fox licking my hand, sniffing my sack of provisions, wondering what was for supper, a meal I soon prepared over an open fire of blue crab, snake berries and cattails, ever mindful that federal agents may at any moment locate and arrest me for the brutal beating of a politician developer who was drafting legislation to drain and develop four hundred square miles of this precious swamp.


Augustus / Houston, Texas / July 2017

  • Author: Augustus (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: July 8th, 2017 10:54
  • Comment from author about the poem: Pirogue---American dugout boat (from log), sacalait----white perch.
  • Category: Short story
  • Views: 60
  • User favorite of this poem: niallprideaux.


  • orchidee

    A fine write Aug. Then along comes someone to muck it up - to muck up a swamp even!

    • Augustus

      Muckraking. Hey, heh.

    • Louis Gibbs

      Damn developers! (I was once one.) Beautiful, captivating piece of prose, August! You held me to the end.

      • Augustus

        I forgive you, but only if you're not a politician. Just teasing. Thanks for reading and comment.

        • Louis Gibbs

          You can call me many things, except a politician.

        • Heather T

          Great spill! Enjoyed every detail of this precious swampland. I personally think we could crowd fund the bail money. 😉

          • Augustus

            Delightful comment! Thanks.

          • BRIAN & ANGELA

            Thanks "A" Love Louisiana (especially NEW ORLEANS) but the Mangrove Swamps are something else and very very PRIMEVAL ! America may have struggled into the 21st C ~ despite TRUMP ~ but much of it ~ especially certain States which shall be nameless ~ is still NEANDERTHAL and Thank GOD for that ! BRIAN

            • Augustus

              Primeval is an excellent adjetive for the swamp land. When you look at an alligator or big snapping turtle, Visions of dinosoars come to mind. Thanks for commenting.

            • onepauly

              I like the nature part of it. I never read or watch politicians.

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