I want to wade into the blackest night.
The cool distance breaking against me like
The slow-rolling tide of the Lake.
Stars surf- waterbugs flickering on the meniscus.
I want to swim in the midnight
Blues of depths met by my treading toes
New moon’s sky and the river road
Blending into the same hue
Until I lose touch with which way is up.
I want to catch pneumonia from the hooting of the owls
And drown in coyote howls.
I want to float
And absorb the darkness.
Or maybe I want to it
To absorb me.
Last night I watched both Iron Man’s and Thor and when I was in the shower today I invented a superhero complete with a name, back story, nemesis, a mission and even a brilliant woman associate with whom he exchanges witty, flirtatious banter.
This is what normal people think of in the shower, right?
Propelling my suitcase onto the vintage mattress,
I realized too late that I should have held my breath.
I coughed and choked as I dug through my belongings
In search of my insipid inhaler,
(Which I had almost left out in the car, if not for Dad’s reminder.)
So I tucked it for safe keeping in between my pink beach towels.
Ah, that’s where it went…
I clutched the smooth plastic to my face
and took a deep and refreshing gulp of the cool vapor.
My sputtering settled with a welcoming silence.
The smell of dry, sandy wood washed over me,
The air was hot and extremely stale,
And the old-fashioned air conditioning unit in the window
Was missing a knob, so I had to settle for an antique ceiling fan
With two pull-chains
Like metallic garland.
The dust from the fan spiraled slowly around me like snow,
Caking the already-dirty wicker furniture
With a blanket of soft filth.
I smiled a small smile.
The thought of freezing snow at the beautiful coast seemed like such an oxymoron.
I then braced my lungs for another attack.
My inhaler would be getting a lot of use these next few weeks.
That’s what you get from these Carolina Shore beach houses,
There’s always a little adventure beneath the charm.