easy livin’


photo by Michelle Terry

in an act of kindness
the strawberry and blueberry
have no symbolism attached
to their tart little bodies
today, — they just burst
and zing as i fling ’em
into my mouth

but i do have to suppose
the gulls floating bright white
are overwhelmed
by expertly scooped
ice cream cones
barefoot kids offer up
from sparkly sand beaches

flocking to it
just as much as
we do to the harmonica man
with the high hat afro
puffing out sunset parables
we all need to hear


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