March 2005 Winner: Carol Hogan, Hurricane
Honorable Mention: Polly Dunn, The
Honorable Mention: Dr. Joyce Wheeler, Sea Story
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March Honorable Mention
by Dr. Joyce Wheeler
He was a powerful
man within his yellow, slickered, hooded overcoat. One would expect him
to be in charge of a fishing vessel fighting swells off the shore of Portsmouth,
New Hampshire. But, here he was, bearded, enjoying his pipe in Bartlesville,
Human traffic paused near the aquarium,
where he sat on a huge murky fish tak, then continued to stride and allow
him his dignity. He remembered a sea song with the refrain, "Land Breeze
shivers me knees, me knees...Sea Breeze straightens me knees!" He would
be able to stride, eventually. He would deal with this. He had endured
the sea and its population of Atlantic Wolffish, Sailfish and the ever
seductive White Shark. He would be accepted once he was honest - as he
always was with the sea creatures.
Oh, the anger in the storm an' the coffee rummed
an' warm an' the sloppin' up the pot of Cookey's stew." The ditty bombarded
his mind with memories of his crew singing, "Oh, fire up the coal! Sea
danger is me goal! Oh, here I come, Cap'n friend, to cruise with you!"
In the murky water of the tank was
the significant reason he had traveled to Oklahoma - a golden mermaid,
accompanied by a huge octupus. She had pleaded to live far from her origins
and he had no choice but to placate her. He realized with a stab of longing
he had few choices left.
"Oh, what in firey hell shall I do!