He didn’t think it was meant to be, yet here he stands once again on the shores of home, where everything is curved:
The scooped sand at his feet. The wind-shaped dunes that march behind him; their fine blond hair stands up swaying in the static of the night. The sculpted
bridge-like sentinel off the point, waves tonguing the sides of its toothless mouth. The moon kissed the soft ocean swells. They grow into overhead curls and call his name
in thundering crash. He can breathe easy with the heave and sigh of surf and the moist salt air soothes his desert-burned nose. Sea lions carry his laughter
in their pudgy bodies. The sentinel’s top is covered in sleek-necked cormorants that fold his long unspoken words
under their wings. They’ll fly North soon. Perhaps, when they reach the cold shores of Oregon, his old girlfriend will finally understand him. In the morning, when the sun breaches
The horizon’s smile, madrones’ nude sunset limbs will commence their dance with the besotted skyline. But now, under the cool light of the moon, the tide is rising
and will soon drown the beach. As the water rises so does the man’s dream. His eyes open to a flat gray sky of steel. Back to the world of straight lines and crooked people.