against my eyes
I watched Willy Wonka pixels
dance in small squares
blue orange and white
There is something to be said
Cold blue ice
The breath of winter
But it’s sunshine
We all seek
You can love the darkness
Sing to the moon
It’s sunshine that warms us
Of burning madness
The warming of rocks
Beside the cold pine lined water
The sun shines.
Bare beyond belief
upon the sand
under the stand of the lifeguard
they sat on an empty landscape
with the breeze blowing
tender to the touch
raw emotions rolled with the waves
The sunlight washing winter away.
If you were born in the dark ages
and I saw first light today
we would still be friends
would separate us
I could call
and you would be there
“how you doing dick face”
loyal like brothers
willing to bury something in the backyard
nothing could separate us
not dirty deeds
rising with greed
not being born in another time
we would be friends no matter what
you could take a baseball bat to that.
Within your grip
the moon the tides
Can not change it
I will struggle
Strain at the hips
Drive my teeth
Through my jaw
before I lose you
There isn’t a force on earth greater than you
Not a pocket of air
More comfortable to be with in
Of what I am
I have no Idea who you call at night. I never asked for your cell number. Its those wild blues. The grey blue, its that laugh. I sat there with a smoke in my mouth. A thousand drags, a thousand draws on life looking at your freckles. I wondered how you looked before the sun came before you were kissed with so much beauty.
I woke like any other morning and looked around me, I looked at the sun through the window, unsure of how late it really was but when I turned I saw your back and each drop of light that ever touched you. I looked over you like a field. How long would it take to get across you? Each freckle a blade of grass. I wondered when first light had touched your back. I was sucked in. The scent of your hair made me breathe deeper. A thousand freckles unsure of where to begin.
The next time I hooked my finger on your jeans, the tip touching your hip bone. Like citrus you said to me and I thought of lemons. I was sure I smelled and tasted of the earth. I was sure I was low tide. But you said no you taste like citrus.
Cookies and giggles we laugh within our eyes. Your sneakers scuffing my shoes. I can still feel your hip bones and the way your breath was drawn as we touched cotton to cotton.
How you said we had gone to far. I agreed and you slept better. You slept better than you had so many nights before. But I lingered in the late night waiting on the chirps of birds because I could not contain myself. Wondering why I wanted to write love letter again when I never even asked for your number.
Walt looked over everything in the shop.
Nothing but trash, he thought. Who would pay for someone else’s junk?
All the whites were stained-over yellow, dust was several inches thick.
Place looked better from the street.
“Can I help you with something?” the owner asked.
“Help me? ‘Cause I have a cane I need help?” Walt barked.
“No, sir. It’s just what I ask customers in my store.”
“Sonny, if I need help, I wouldn’t ask you.”
The owner lit up a cigarette.
“You can’t smoke in here!” Walt shouted.
“Read the sign, old man. It says second hand.”
There was a pungent not quite socially acceptable smell in the air
under the darkness of the end of the work week.
Down the corridor of the cul-de-sac
thick green smoke swirled.
into the windowsill.
Under the shade of a wrinkling summer umbrella
as useless as a caboose
Peering at the neighbor for judgmental reactions.
The train wreck
behind bright lighted out windows
yelled out with scorn
your wind is coming my way.
Some say the world is divided between the strong and weak
So don’t sit across the table from me if you are meek
The leaf eating vegan should take a far away seat
For an animal like me might mistake your arm for meat
Put a fork in it and take a nice bite
I like steak raw, so your arm would taste just right
So the question is….. what animal will we have for dinner?
Who will be the winner?
I have an idea!
Let’s have steer!
Smack a cow
Between the eyes with a sledgehammer
Such harsh, coarse behavior might cause a clamor
Rights for the animals they dont need to die
We should eat plants because they have no eyes
To stare at you when they die
A sacrifice, is a sacrifice…is a sacrifice
No matter how neat, clean or nice
The vegetables on your plate are struggling to stay alive
Cut, bleeding, helpless, little chives
Tomatoes punctured with a fork and oozing red goo
You know fruits are alive too
Skinned alive, their fleshed sucked out
All this while their blood, their juices move about
Plants have no where to run, no where to hide
Plants are the weakest of the weak, who would be on their side?
Well… they could be left on the side of my plate
To compliment the flesh I just ate
Vegans are beyond a doubt killers too
The flesh they eat has no face like me or you
But plants are alive when chewed and swallowed into stomach acid
And vegans claim they are gentle and placid
Vegans are wrong to kill to survive
To eat things that are still alive
Vegans should talk to plants, I believe that plants can hear you
And know what vegans will do
Rip them from their roots
Cut their shoots
Pull off their leaves like the tail of a newt
I don’t see the difference between eating a hog
Or picking berries next to a bog
Whether its a plant or animal that goes under the knife
They are both organisms that give up their life
Maybe vegans and carnivores are the same
After all we all need to sustain
So please don’t call me the sicko, don’t start to shout
From your mouth hangs a baby sprout
Maybe it’s not chicken, maybe it’s not veal
But the life it gave up is just as real
Perhaps there isn’t such a great divided
Cause sick vegan bastards eat plants alive.
Thanks Rochelle for hosting. All links can be fond here. My story this week is 100 words and I will call it Historical Fiction. I normally do not do this but I followed my story up with a little background and personal insight.
Luciano’s fingers, thick as a man’s wrist, were permanently cracked and red. In hypothermic waters he pulled traps as if he were dipping his hands in warm sink water. Luciano and his mate were all that were left. As they worked the lines, with no pilot at the wheel, the diesel powered lobster boat circled on the open water. The sea-bottom, barren since the die off in 1999, robbed them of their life. Luciano would sell the boat, house and move. He wept as trap after trap came up empty.
The Long Island Sound is a living breathing thing, it has a temper but it also can be as kind and giving as a grandmother. I worked as a mate on a lobster boat, it was the hardest, most dangerous jobs I ever did and I loved it. In the middle of the winter we would chip ice off the boat with sledgehammers just so we could go out and set traps. My captain was one of the toughest guys I ever met who would put his life on the line for you without even thinking about it.
The die off in 1999 destroyed the lobster industry here on Long Island. 70 to 90% of the lobsters have vanished from our waters since 1998 and there seems to be no recovery 15 years later. After the die off in 1999 scientist found dead lobsters piled a foot high on the bottom of the Sound. That year there was a major break out of the West Nile Virus which is carried by mosquitoes so they sprayed the coastline heavily with pesticides. Lobsters are basically big under water bugs.
The waters were unusually warm in 99 and were churned up by major storms causing hypoxia. Hypoxia is the lack of oxygen in water often caused by algae growth. Algae grows on top, cuts the sunshine off from reaching the bottom and depletes the water of much needed oxygen. Everything dies.
Some scientist believe the die off was caused by global warming. Since Long Island lobsters are at the southern most extreme edge of their cold water range even a change in water temperature of a few degrees would dramatically decrease their ability to survive. I would bet the die off resulted from a combination of all these factors.
The Captain I worked for blamed the die off on the moratorium that was put on striped bass back in the 70’s and the recovery in the 90’s of these greedy large predators. Whatever it was my captain had to finally sell off his boat and he moved away to Florida. After all those years on the hard sea he finally settled for a warm home far from Long Island.
When most people think of lobsters they think of Maine but the truth is Long Island Sound was basically a lobster ranch before 1999 with 12 lobsters per trap coming over the rail. Typically 11 of those lobsters were shorts that were thrown back. The shorts reentered and fed on the bait in the traps until they grew to full size. Up until 1999 you could buy 5 (1.5 pound) lobsters for 20 dollars. Today on Long Island for the same amount of lobsters you would pay about 90 to 100 dollars.
There are positive stories about the Long Island fisheries. Summer flounder or fluke are making a major recovery. Striped bass are no longer considered an endangered species and the moratorium has been lifted on them. Clams are still here in great numbers, although not as plentiful as they were years ago. So there is hope. There is always hope.
*I added this video to go along with the post after several people had already commented. It’s about the Baymen of Long Island. Not the Lobster men but the idea is the same…it’s about people who make their living by the sea. This is a live version of the song from Yankee stadium by Long Island’s very own Billy Joel.