Even if he had wanted her to drive, a day at the beach seemed full of possibilities. Cuddling and kissing in the waves. Feet fiddling in the sand. Exchanging intimacies. Finding each other again.
Instead, he played volleyball. A beer in his hand, he laughed with his friends, and turned his head to follow swaying bikini bottoms and bronze breasts. He’d come back to her blanket only to get yet another cold one. He’d give her a grin, and blow her a kiss. Then it was back to his friends, and all those shapely bottoms and breasts.
Her ex passed out
on her blanket on the sand—
that’s going to hurt.
She gathers towel and keys,
pushes up her dark glasses,
leaves him to burn in the sun.
poetry and haiga have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various literary and poetry
magazines such as Concho River Review, Eastern Structures, Failed Haiku, Harbinger
Asylum, KYSO Flash, MacQueen’s Quinterly, Poetry24, The Legal Studies Forum, The
Lift, The Wild Word, and Visions International; as well as in several
anthologies, including contemporary haibun (Volume 17, Red Moon Press, 2022),
Faery Footprints (Fae Corp Publishing), Lifting the Sky: Southwestern
Haiku & Haiga (Dos Gatos Press), Texas Poetry Calendar (Kallisto Gaia
Press), Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston (Mutabilis Press), and
His poem “Viewing the Dead” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Two of his
poems appear in
Silent Waters, photographs by George Digalakis (Athens, 2017).
He is the author of two chapbooks, Standing Inside the Web (Bear House
Publishing, 1990) and Fire and Shadows (Legal Studies Forum, 2008)
Selections of Gary’s poetry and photography can be found at his website,
4P Creations: http://4pcreations.com
Crossing Kansas by Gary S. Rosin in The Wild Word
(7 February 2020); includes audio of the poet reading his poem
Two Readings: “Apparition” and “Black Dogs”
by Gary S. Rosin for Texas Poetry Calendar 2015 at the Blue Willow Bookshop in
Houston, Texas (20 September 2014)