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Poetic Reflections of Ocracoke, NC (Outer Banks)

A chapter in the book Of Angel Wings & Slipper Shells

Say the Name, Ocracoke

by Margaret Bednar

I say the name, Ocracoke,
let it click at the back of my tongue,
glide gently past my lips,
almost puckering if for a kiss
as it leaves me and my mountain top home

winging eastward toward Pamlico Sound
with its batik sky,
dissolving its vowels and syllables
into aqua, turquoise or teal
as it slips into Silver Lake.

Will soon enough lean against ferry rail,
say the name, Ocracoke,
salt spray and sun's warm slant
welcoming me as we squeeze
through The Ditch

into beckoning days charmingly simple:
coffee slowly sipped Down Creek,
hammock naps at Springer's Point,
and if we are really lucky,
perhaps a pirate's wail adrift a foggy morn
over Teach's Hole.


Teach - aka Blackbeard. He met his doom off the sandy ocean shore of Ocracoke. A favorite place for us to kayak and play in the water. Pamlico Sound, Silver Lake, The Ditch, Down Creek, Springer's Point, Teach's Hole ... all are physical places referred to by tourists and some are nicknames for places familiar to the people who live on this Outer Banks Island.

Ocracoke is pronounced "Okra" like the vegetable and "coke" like the soda.
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