• Christina Ammon

I Have a Crush on Peter Britt



Peter Britt planted this, Peter Britt built that

his name seems to pop up wherever I am at.


On benches and gardens, near giant tree plaques

And upon any sign among Jacksonville facts

In the 1850s, its said, he arrived in a cart

With a five-dollar bill, and loaded with art.


He found a good spot, built a cabin near me

Added a studio for photography


He put in pear orchards, and tended some bees

He even planted an Abyssinian banana tree


He studied the stars, and made the first wine,

Was kind to the locals, made paintings so fine


As a modern woman, I know it’s not woke

to have any semblance of crush on this bloke.


Alas, he’s a white man from an old century

(Which these days is not in-fashion to be)


I hope he’s not cancelled, I hope people see

The way that Britt found his way into me


A bon vivant! The artistic type!

Yet roughty-toughtly in his own right


Oh, Peter Britt, the Renaissance man

Even these days, I admit

I am a fan.


(poem and art by Christina Ammon)


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