Somewhere Far From the Sea
It is a cold day but the fat boy sweats,
Giggling his jowls to bouncing blubber,
Cunning, prodding stubby fingers
In the joint behind the knee,
Grabs locket-twists of gilded hair.
His feverish pink and freckled skin
Jolts against me like the noise.
Uneasily, I stir:
The sealed bus enfolds us
In its velocity and spaces,
Far from the silvered sea.
Crump beside the dunes.
All along the shore gulls view
Perspectives on infinity.
Publication details:"Somewhere Far From the Sea" was first published in Craccum on 8 June 1976. It was first posted on the Internet on 02 March 2003. Copyright © 1976, 2003 Hugh Cook. All rights reserved. Note: this is an autobiographical poem about riding on the school bus to high school, a poem written in the poet's teenage days.
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