“we were exhausted” by Julia at J, W, and A’s house

Thursday, May 10, 2018
5 minutes
To The Beach
Brian Doyle

It was as if time travelled back into the clock and left us there, happy
The only thing we were waiting for was the still frame photograph of our lives once lived

At the end of the day there was a host of us bent over at the hip
hard and fast kiss at the moon, and a thank you brushing the cloud
We have lived here once, echoing like the faint buzz of a ghost pepper bleeding out from the lips
a lasting like this one and we were a donation
a giving of our bodies from one open wound to another
and we did not waver
we did not ask for cotton swabs or for distilled gin
We drank at the quiet like a dream coming home for the first time
We knew aching the way a mother of seven might.

“we were exhausted” by Sasha at her kitchen counter

Thursday, May 10, 2018
5 minutes
To The Beach
Brian Doyle

I saw your fear in the barrel of the gun
Staring me down like the hummingbird on your tongue
I saw it loud and raw and funky and I didn’t leave
No I said, “Hi there”
“Nice to meet you”
“I’ve never met someone like you”

I saw it again when I was bleeding from my nose
Crouched on the pavement near the yellow flowers
You looked younger than you are
You looked less grey
I said, “I’m okay”
“Don’t worry”
“I’m going to be fine”