Monarchs migrate along Highway 12,
flutter between Atlantic's relentless push
and Pamlico's slick cam, saltwater lagoon.
Pelicans, seagulls wing from morning's horizon,
feast on fisherman's leftovers and soar away…
yet I wait, rooted where you surprised me
with a kiss. Every morning, glance through lace
towards white picket gate, dream of finally kissing you back.
by Margaret Bednar, July 5, 2014
This if for Imaginary Garden of Real Toads - Artistic Interpretations - Life on an Island
& Flash Fiction 55 a story in 55 words, no more, no less.
HERE is an incredible photo of Highway 12!! I've driven it many times - sand drifts onto the roadway quite often. Each fall, Monarchs migrate south to Mexico along Highway 12, often stopping to gather nectar from goldenrod at such places as Pelican Island (south of Nags Head), etc.
Ocracoke Island is my favorite vacation place as to date for relaxing. I usually prefer bigger, historic cities with things to tour and do. But for pure down-time - nothing is like this gem of the Outer Banks. HERE is a pretty good history of the place - it also was the site of WWII training base and combat information center. It closed in 1946.
The Ocracoke dialect, or brogue, is unique to this area, and "slick cam" means a very calm water - usually referencing the sound. If you click on the IGWRT's link, there are many words given as example - Dingbatter, Meehonkey, & Wampus Cat to name a few. Below is a brief trailer where you can hear what it sounds like.