Chappaquiddick Pit Stop

By Christy Burbidge

Bladders brimming with Capri Sun bounce along in the Jeep down the dirt road. Sand forty shades of brown pierces sunburnt feet in ill-fitting aqua jelly shoes. Spirit, our eight-year-old mystery breed, cocks his head up towards us with a knowing smile. 

A slow-moving hunger creeps in like a wave on the beach we just left empty. No one ever stops to think if Spirit minds eating the same salmon and fruit kibble day after day, year after year. 

We glide, the seven of us, each an imitation of Falcor from The NeverEnding Story, over the downy hill to the wooden bridge overlooking the pond. We don’t notice the pond’s thoroughly stocked Prussian blue and marigold koi fish, but Spirit does. None of us know then that these are colors he is also able to see.

After relieving ourselves behind the abandoned weather-worn shed, we settle in for a picnic of sharp cheddar on rye, tangy green apples, and honey lemonade. Spirit wriggles on the dry earth beside us, grinning at the sun. The sun grins back.  
sundust dances 
on aging wisteria -
time freezes

Christy Burbidge, a Massachusetts native, is a recipient of the Reader’s Favorite 5 star award for her first children’s book entitled Paulie the Piping Plover’s Merry Misfits: A Martha’s Vineyard Tale. Christy has been Associate Copy Editor for Better Than Starbucks Poetry & Fiction Journal since 2019. Her other work has been published in several literary journals and magazines, including Akitsu Quarterly and First Literary Review-East. Christy works in the mental health field.

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