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Timotheous Roussos


on a hot afternoon
Rehoboth Beach is
Closed to Swimmers
sewage dumped off the coast
drifts close to land
bodies strewn on sweltering sand
broil in the sun
next to an ocean
they cannot enter

Fantastic Sea!
perfectly
beautiful,
immense,
invigorating
—so blue…

i stand sceptically
at the edges
until i see
the first tiny fleck of
shit
floating into shore
like jellyfish in a transparent wave

 


This was written as part of a longer series in memory of Ricky Lee Flippen.