walked in the sun yesterday
sizzled meat on the free barbecue
turning sausages with sticks
let him stand on my shoulders to grab
twigs from the tree

she didn’t think i could still do that.

ate junk food and root beer, ginger beer
too many joggers unaware of what kind of
odd life they’re missing out on.

it was late by the time we got to swim
plunge in
freezing at first
normally i can stay in a long time
we splashed around out of our depth
this time i was not afraid of stingrays

slid over the ridged pipe on my belly
spat out the waves
we screamed about the thick black sludge
and i swam until i shook with cold
and became helpless with laughter

it was a race in the wind back
into the warmth of the changing room –
air pooled in the corners
my gasping breath filling echoes

and then home again in my holey shoes
i have new ones
but the old are more beautiful, still
isn’t that the way it goes?

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2 Responses to yesterday

  1. diannegray says:

    What a fabulous day! πŸ˜‰

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