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  • Down with the gulls at the level of the waves,

    Down with the ticket stubs gone out with the count of the seven seas,

    Down with the seagulls, yes, down where you can concuss on the rusty crossboards,

    Down at a certain junction view,

    Down with the dogs, the wrappers, down at the lower environs of laces, shoes, rope soles, down at the espadrille environs, down in the quiet morning fog steps,

    Down where Lifeguard Not on Duty, down where the pastels have long been stripped,

    Down where you can look good and close at rusted yellows and nail hopes, down where your own personal life guards are far away, joyful in the not naming of joy, just going sandfilled down past knee level, to the level where ankles and birds track, down to look out to the Atlantic from the p.o.v. of the vet sleeping like a hunch on the beach, down to where drone manipulators, cast off, might snooze of a morning,

    Soldiers in bags on a beach, down low to get a shot where the beach is the great democracy, the homeless vet

    Stretched out, his face a finery of burns beside the German tourist reading an American novel, his face pale as shades in the foreign country which country is the sun,

    Down where if you crawl, a lens army of one, you will see how it is, in the underneath.

    Here, in the company of gull feet.

    (Photo by Susan, January 31, 2013, South Florida)
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