four clams and grandmothers love potatoes

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a man and woman
sit under multicolored
joseph umbrella

they suddenly age
what happened to those people
twenty years older

elders steal the shade
who knows what is going on
real couple come back

dogs come to say hi
to see if they like our lunch
cheese quesadillas

and the government
blowing up the bluest seas
are we hearing bombs

blasting through waters
“maybe dynamite fishing”
shrimp boats out to sea

one scoop for four clams
remember cone was ten cents
forty years before

daddy paid one buck
fed his family of four
two hot dogs a piece

and then you make five
four dollars for one hot dog
when you came along

move your bloomin a _ _ _
says eliza dolittle
flowers on your bum

your kind grandmother
fish chips and baked potato
and my grandmother

played little piggy
always mashed baked and french fries
they make pulkulees

then she squeezed your cheeks
calling you cunninhora
shana madala

apparently now
it’s time for jimmy buffet
marguerittaville

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blue pupik (belly button) II

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dress following
into the ocean so cannot
have peace and quiet

forget you were wearing
one hundred forty five
sandals on your toes

they took the twenty
before the lifeguard said to
leave them at his stand

no life guards in fall
leaving behind john’s chair
seeing him move two times

almost at the water
a man with new york accent
florescent trunks

“would you like tickets
for dinner and restaurants
tell me when you check out”

i am so confused
never seeing anyone
do this here before

telling him “FIFTY
YEARS if i live that long
i’m NEVER checking out”

then asking if i
would like to have one hundred
go hear vacation

i said i don’t drive
this is what he understand
not that i live here

blue pupik high tide
next to me she turns her back
eyes staring at me

before having time
to figure out if that’s her
the eyes tell you so

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