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Volume I, Number 2 (Summer 2007)
ISSN 1934-4324

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Cristina T. Lopez



Long Island Beach Day

Taste the salty sunny summer sea

On my tongue it tingles like the

Pringles that crumble down my front.

You punt the Nerf to your brother;

The game has begun.


I run to the water, sweat dripping,

Children sipping, licking remnants of ice cream.

I scream with the cold.

I’m told to take it.

I fake left and return to our sheet


Complete with thermos of Kool Aid.

The badge girl gets paid and we are safe for today.

I’m burning.

The sun starts turning down to the earth.

You grab the Nerf and head to the car.

We see it from afar and race.


The seats are lava, towels sticky like plasma.

The sun dips. We lick our salty fingers.

Breathe deep, it hurts.

You burp your can of Coke.

Mom says the joke could cost us

Our coming back tomorrow.


No sorrow. We know she can’t resist

The soft humid mist

Of the ocean.

We make the ssshing motion

And soon follow along

Asleep to the song lingering on the radio.







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