"This was Mom's favorite beach
in Florida, right up there -
next to the pure white sands
of Sugar Beach. She never
turned down a chance for
a drive up here. She said
she'd always wanted to have
a little house tucked in there
under the pines that lined
the long reach of sand.
She didn't ever buy that house
and couldn't say why.
Although it is clear why
she loved the spot, it is harder
to see why she kept her
heart's desire at bay."

zipper

boca grande
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