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Reading on the Beach
Jesse Breite

Reading can be incredibly close-minded.
This is the message romantic bird-shadows inspire.
They float over the sand like sets of musical notes,
de-paged, free like waves are free and full
against eardrums. The waves also tempt me from
the soft adventure of reading on the beach.
I let the sand eat me, as it must eat all it encounters,
dead or alive. A woman is yapping about dolphins.
The sun stares at every body, even in naughty,
over-weighted places. I keep in the black and white
 of thought, page-to-page. All else is too bright,
even for sun-glassed vision.
© by Jesse Breite.
Used with the author’s permission.

Jesse Breite has lived many places, but he considers Little Rock, Arkansas, his home. A high school English teacher, he currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and two children. Jesse's poems have appeared in a variety of journals and his first full-length collection is forthcoming from Fernwood Press.



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Love it! From a dedicated beach reader-- year round in FL
Posted 07/08/2012 08:48 PM
This is cute. Full of imagery, sneaky peaks, and humor. Love it, even though I have not been to a beach gazing for a long while.
Posted 07/08/2012 12:49 PM
Posted 07/08/2012 08:27 AM
I'm sure I'm reading more into this than intended . . . I love the ambiguity of these hyphenated words: 'de-paged' is clearly off-the-page, but it almost sounds like a demoted page-boy - i.e. nonconforming to elaborate procedures. Similarly, 'sun-glassed' suggests wearing sunglasses, as well as, potentially, the blinding power of radiance reflected in a window.
Posted 07/08/2012 06:06 AM

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