Magazine article World Literature Today

Refugio Beach

Magazine article World Literature Today

Refugio Beach

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Brother piles sand on his pregnant girlfriend's belly.

On her sandy stomach I draw a belly button. Soon it will be dusk

and the last surfers in the distance will disappear

from this winter beach. We find ourselves here in a cove beneath

the sway of palm trees; we find ourselves here marked

by a place named beautiful in an old language that knows

the sound the creek makes as it flows into the Pacific; we find

ourselves here as family, me on vacation from college and them

on vacation from a grit city, a rough-necked inland place of splintering

concrete. Soon, but not yet First Son will be born,

face brown and smooth as a well-washed stone. I try to catch

a wave - this moment with my feet, don't want it to go because

I want more of this, to wolf down a place, the blue

inside of me. …

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