Prelude to Summer Surfscape (The Lifesaving Tower)

  I Before summer’s aquatic veil reveals frothy rips and lacy undertows crimson and marigold bunting ceremonially unfurled atop stakes flagging perimeters of safer swimming zones marched by the barefoot patrol erected at day’s start by volunteers on watch over those who venture to engage in worthy battle beyond the warming sands II Seasonal arrival […]

A FLOWER FOR VALENTINE, THIS DAY

My grandmother’s mother gave birth.  The boy she grew and nurtured ended in France.  Launched into the trench, his name letters on a wall in Ypres. An internal examination with my obstetrician.  Nine months pregnant with a baby boy in arms the next day.  The man-child, caught on the cusp between, not much younger. Now […]