You were not convinced by my mood.
Happy as a clam, I was just taking it all in,

the dank breeze and blaze off Hampton Beach, a little overwhelmed
by the number of mid-drifts and sunburns around us.

Said I’ve never been to a public beach.
Yeah, same.

My enthusiasm toward sharing
the bag of snap pea crisps was lost in the heat

& swirling shadows of sea birds.
It’s a shame.  Their flavor deserved proper attention.

Wasabi Ranch.
That pretty much sums us up.

The Jewel of the East, you were seized
by the Indiana Boy Wonder.

And there’s our son, the mixed marvel
who remains neutral as Ninja Turtles,

unscathed by the swoop of bird,
or the flash of hot salt in eyes.