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Key West Pinks


To live in the Southernmost City
in the continental U.S.
is to love eating fish
there’s no doubt no guess.

We eat grouper and yellowtail
lobster and dolphin
whether it’s from the Atlantic
or whether it Gulfin.

Sure there are raw bars
from one end of Duval to the other
but the oysters are foreign
they’re northern not souther.

When in Rome
do as they do it is said
so even if you visit the keys
just use your head.

If we do it the best
above and beyond it is noted
then eat the darn thing
it’s so close to where it floated.

The star of the show
the Stock Island fleet it does catch
quite a prize I must say
a pretty penny it oft does fetch.

What is this denison of the deep
that’s such a thing of beauty?
More valuable than gold
from a Galleon’s booty.

It’s the favorite local on this isle
I know I don’t think
it’s the shrimp el primo
the Key West Pink!

Doug Heyman, Key West, Florida
February 2005

 

 

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