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


Frank J. Tassone

I fell in love with writing ever since I wrote my first short story at the age of 12 and my first poem in high school. My free-verse has appeared in the literary e-zine Pif. My haibun has been published in Cattails, Haibun Today, Contemporary Haibun Online (CHO) and Contemporary Haibun, CHO's annual print anthology. My haiku has been published by the Haiku Foundation. My senryu has been published in Failed Haiku. I regularly perform haibun and other haikai with Rockland Poets. I am honored to be a part of the Image Curve community as a contributing poet. Visit my website www.frankjtassone.wordpress.com to see more of my poetry. Follow me on twitter @fjtassone2 and like my Facebook page American Haijin for updates on my latest work.

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