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Back from the Cape
Sea was a gun metal grey
The bend in the road
That led to the end of the day
The sky was like mother of pearl
As we sat on the blanket and dreamed
We put the daylight behind us
Life was as good as it seemed

We sang beach songs
Childish rhymes from another time
Simple beach songs
No decay and no decline

Seagulls hung in the air
Like a thousand seaside smiles
We drank the angels’ share
And stacked the green bottles in piles
It would be sea glass in time
Beautiful jewels from the past
And we left that driftwood behind us
In patterns we knew couldn’t last

We sang beach songs
Childish rhymes from another time
Simple beach songs
No fast-forward, no rewind

I’m throwing horseshoes
I’m skimming stones with my dad
I’m throwing horseshoes
I’m drinking beer with my dad

And we sang beach songs
Childish rhymes from another time
Simple beach songs
No fast-forward, no rewind
No decay, no decline

A confusion of gulls stalked the skies
Noisily claiming territory
Cassidy craned his neck and watched
As one bird caught another by the wing
After a fitful fluttering, their bodies stiffened and froze
Perhaps out of fear
Or perhaps in dazed deference
To the gravity of the unfamiliar moment
A moment that lasted fully twenty seconds
As they looped and twirled in silent dance
A feathery boomerang skimming the sky
Before better nature caused them to release
And break their arcing descent
The sun was sinking over the salt marshes
And a bourbon sky gently backlit his father
Ancient and immortal
He looked into that steady eye
Then down at his own shaking, outsized hands
And Cassidy realized
With some relief
That his fate was sealed


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