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Ocean City, Maryland Chronicle, Day 4: July 7, 2014

 

Frankie and Mira slowly encase me in hot sand. The boobs and mermaid tail come after. Mira snaps at least three photos guaranteed to humiliate should she ever post them.

July sun     my breathing collapses his mermaid

Lunch at “home.” Mira prepares a salad topped with roast chicken for us. Frankie eats another 7-11 pizza and a Doritos nacho pocket. “Gumball” plays in the background while we finish off the white zin.

siesta     shelter from the clear sky

Frankie and I stop by the pool. Mira heads to the beach. Several children around Frankie’s age swim around each other and their families. We play bull and matador in the deep end before returning to the beach.

hands on head     another dive and miss in a sun-soaked pool

The wind out of the south picks up as I sit down. My shirt stays on. The lifeguards wear sweatpants and windbreakers. Frankie builds his castle wall along the incoming tideline. Wave after wave erodes his work. A few kids brave the water. A few men with bellies rivaling my own wade, too. Soon, we’ve all had enough. Walking up the ramp over the dunes, we take one last look at the ocean and beach of Ocean City. Frankie hums the national anthem.

roaring waves     terns hovering over an empty beach

Hot tub. Shower. Dinner at the CrabBbag, a local’s recommendation. One bite into my imperial crab dinner, and I hat-tip my benefactor. We eat on a picnic table under maple leaves, sipping Nat. Bo and savoring every bite of our last meal in Ocean City.

Last Ben and Jerry’s     we watch “Avengers” while she reads

 

Photo by Tyler Nix

 

first published in Image Curve, July 26, 2018

 

UPDATE: for dVerse Poets’ Open Link Night #224 (pubtented by Kim Russell)

 

 

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10 replies »

  1. Very cinematic, Frank–rife with delicious slices of life. You make Ocean City the stuff of short story or Indie short film–sand castles, sons, thick waists, crab bites–all swirling in my head, happy to tag along; thanks.

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  2. I chuckled at the opening paragraph, Frank: a wonderful cinematographic beach landscape. I’d love to see the photos of the boobs and mermaid tail! I also enjoyed the relaxed tone, the loose quality of the sentences in:
    ‘Frankie builds his castle wall along the incoming tideline. Wave after wave erodes his work. A few kids brave the water. A few men with bellies rivaling my own wade, too’; and the snapshot: ‘roaring waves terns hovering over an empty beach’ .

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