Frenchman’s Beach

At the top of the island

on a blue-sky day,

big waves and a light breeze

– camera close to hand.

Leaving foot marks on the sand

we clamber over rocks

between the beaches,

step between saltwater pools

trimmed with the glisten of green algae.

In a moment of inattention,

equilibrium is lost.

The camera broke

my fall.

My camera broke.

I may as well have broken a limb.


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