The Great Kansas Ocean Islands


Situated throughout a titanic-sized gold-colored sea

Huge circular contours of green plant life surface here and there

Each isle contains dark brown skeletal winter trees

evergreens standing out contentedly amongst them

No palm trees in this part of the ocean

Humans inhabit some of the larger islands

where tall, white or gray castles overshadow the dwellings

Long, stretched-out toothy reefs capture plants and flotsam

tumbling through occasional stormy waters

Signal buoys mark speeds and warnings

next to the sailing lanes, the swift moving currents

Creatures tend to leap in front of ships and boats

traveling between the isles

Not intended as a vacation paradise unless

one savors solitude, appreciates the touch of wind

enjoys the oceanic miles of free space