Hanalei Bay, 1971

M.J. Turner

Tourists wade at the edge of the surf,
white swollen knees hover above the clay-
colored foam — blimps following a parade.

Sand pours out of bathing suits shucked
outside the backyard shower: bare flanks
breaded like chicken cutlets, waiting. Yellow
grains scratch the painted floorboards again.

M.J. Turner lives in Massachusetts.


  1. Paula McCarron says

    Nicely done! I had the pleasure of hearing you read this “live” — Nice to see it posted and with a voice recording as well.

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