✿ the day was trying to be foggy

the fat boy stood
in the surf smiling
in a kind of dazed
way and i
heard laughter
coming from
the dryer sand
and that
was going to be all

but i kept running
intent on being
thin, or thinner at least,
which by
the way was, before that
last supposed “all,” also
going to be all – the first
“all” as it were – but then
as I said i saw
the fat boy and then,
to catch you up, i said
i kept running so neither
all was all, as no all
can ever be all, for pelicans
emerged in an a-
symmetrical V from
the fog prehistoric-
looking to me but inside
they could have been
laughing and this
of course i ran
by as well or they flew
past or some or a little
of both, and i even picked
up speed past crabs
the size of kennedy
half-dollars being pried
from the sand by gulls
that scampered and
fought past the wrecks
of past crabs strewn o’er
the sand like blown-out
tanks, like D-Day had been
today, for them anyway, as I ran
and the fat sand
and ocean pumped life to feed
life and me lord
of it all—lord of
the supermarket anyway—
until a small dog
at my heels made
me start—the heart jumps
in the throat doesn’t it? well, it does
for me—at the growling till he
became distracted by
something a ways off,
the whole thing was
half-assed so i kept
running and then
a gull started
out of the surf, saw me
coming, skidded
on one foot and turned
around, like something
out of a cartoon; turned
around before the lord
—the lord of it all getting
thinner as I ran
through mist and
fog and always the sound
of ten-year-old girls
squealing with no sense
of time until
returning I saw that
the fat boy
was still there—
and his whole fat family
too up on dryer sand—
he wouldn’t
come out of the surf
and he wouldn’t
quit smiling

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About nosuchthingasastraightline

I grew up in tiny Lyme, New Hampshire, where I drew, roamed the surrounding woods, and first entertained the idea of God while listening to my mom's Beatles records. I studied biology at Harvard University where I wrote for The Harvard Lampoon and also began writing poetry. I have since made a living variously as a comedy screenwriter, teacher, and private tutor in math, science and writing. I’ve released three CDs of original music as the singer-songwriter and guitar player for Crooked Roads (listen to latest tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/crooked-roads). My poetry writing has been inspired by Rumi, Billy Collins, William Carlos Williams, e.e. cummings, Antonio Machado, Federico Garcia Lorca, and others. My two books of poetry, "The Morning I Married the Sky," and “Free this Morning” are both available on Amazon.
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