The Everglades National Park
FIU IDH 4007


Rowena Iliescu
IDH 4007
Journal Entry #1
September 24, 1999

The airboat: one of many
insults. Maudlin, the human
attempt to interface. Any grace
attained in skimming speed
is undone by the engine's roar.
Though with the aid of ear marshmallows
it's possible to lose oneself,
to imagine mounting a giant cottonmouth
and by its leave weaving
back and forth, back and forth,
an S-shaped sawgrass swath,
which after our passing
slowly rises up again,
leaving not a wake or other sign
of our crossing.
Yet, how to deny
our need? The words,
"at least," too often intoned
to justify some Cause.
"Non-invasive," a relative term
Who has asked the diabetic alligator?

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