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Requiem for a Condo Skeleton, Asbury Park



Requiem for a Condo Skeleton, Asbury Park
By NRLwriter on 02/01/2009
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You and I should have
met on the beach where we could have
squinted into the sun
instead of letting our pupils dilate

in the shadows of a tall condo building
that was never finished
and shouldn''t have been built there to
begin with.

The coolness was artificial
and the steel frame lent a
metallic smell to the sea breeze
like air conditioning.

It would have been better if
we''d written our names in the sand
and then watched the water wash them away,
and gone back to our separate blankets,

You to pretend to read a newspaper
while ogling girls
and me to try to keep the sand out of my knitting because
"cleanliness is next to Godliness,"
even at the beach.

(I had my face scoured with lemon scented towelettes
so many times that eventually I stopped
eating frozen custard.)

You can write your name in concrete
before it sets
and the water won''t wash it away

but when this dream fails
because someone has foreclosed on your future
the wrecking ball will erase it just the same.

We should have stood at the showers together,
helped each other to rinse the sand from our heels with the hose,
dried our feet,
changed into a pair of clean shoes
tucked away in a locker in the day dressing room

and then said goodbye,
heading back up north
before we had to put another
coin in the meter.

© By NRLwriter On 2/1/2009 8:09:53 PM
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