Summer Romance

**This is a poem I wrote in February, 2010, while at the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching. The final lines are from Adrienne Rich’s poem “Diving into the Wreck”. The initial image came from a free-write that we did while exploring a teenage memory. The story that emerges had a life all its own! (This was originally posted on this site in October, 2010.)

Deep, dark tans require long hours

Of soaking up the sun while

Covered in thick layers of coconut oil.

Like bees to honey

The teenage boys are attracted to the scent.

A boy carrying a beer meets a girl carrying a camera and

A trashy novel in which his name appears.

And lust – or maybe even love – run rampant

On the sandy shores.

That’s how we met – you and I

On that steamy, sweaty Saturday in June.

And here we are today

On this chilly November Tuesday

A lifetime of beachfront memories

Windblown and weak

From the hurricanes of life.

We are, I am, You are

By cowardice and courage

The ones who find our way back to this scene

Carrying a knife, a camera, a book of myths

In which our names do not appear.

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