The Beach

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I am in Old Orchard Beach, cool water
at my toes. I am standing in the water. I swim farther,
with my cousin beside me.
I love coming to this beach, I love to body surf.
The sun is burning our skin while we are laughing.

But the laughing
dies as one tremendous wave
towers me and rushes upon me.
I am knocked down and I devour the water
accidentally. I land on shore and don’t swim farther
I gazed back at my cousin as his body performs a body surf.

I didn’t body surf,
the wave came to me
secretly while I was laughing.
I see a monstrous wave.
I gaze at the brownish, murky water
and I swim farther

out in to the water until I don’t want to go farther
because my cousin is way behind me.
My cousin catches up as the wave
rams us. This time I body surf
and I am swimming in the water
as the tide pushes me. We land on the shore laughing.





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