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Cruise Control

I live in Key West
Desperately needed change of pace
It’s a small island
Not a rat race
It took a while till the rhythm kicked in
It’s all about the tourists
When they go out and come in
It’s like breathing sometimes
That clock tocks and ticks
You either embrace its existence
Or go down Duval for a fix
They call the shots
Whether they fly in or drive
Without them well…
We just wouldn’t survive
How will we cope says the council in charge
7 cruise ships at dock
The crowd is too large
Then evacuations occurred from the hurricane        threats
The economy will die
They broke out in a sweat
Do we need a tollgate on route 1 at Cow Key         Channel
To let some in and let the others wear flannel
But they’ll fly in and float in
It will be out of control
Mayor Weekly let’s vote
Time for a poll
It’s a delicate balance
What is the lure
I’ll let you know when the study’s complete
Then we’ll know for sure.

Doug Heyman, Key West, Florida
February 2005


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