Like Grains of Sand

By Mark Fleisher

Passion warmed winter’s chill
when lovers skittered down the sand cliff,
landing on the uncrowded beach and
finding shelter of randomly sculptured driftwood
where they kissed and allowed
their jacketed bodies 
to come together before
the whoops and hollers of friends
scared the bejesus out of them
They joined the uproarious laughter
for outwardly they were good sports
while internally they bristled at 
the interruption of their love making
The lovers did not know then
– could not know then –
this day represented the zenith
of their togetherness
for she tired of him
when winter bled into spring
and she found another
as spring marched toward 
the cusp of summer,
betraying a boy 
now wrapped only in bitterness
and anger

A native of Brooklyn, New York, now living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mark Fleisher has published three books of poetry – with some prose and photographs thrown in – Moments of Time; Intersections: Poems from the Crossroads; and Reflections: Soundings from the Deep, in addition to collaborating on a chapbook titled Obituaries of the Living. His work has appeared in numerous online and print anthologies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and India.  After receiving a journalism degree from Ohio University, Fleisher enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served a year in Vietnam as a combat news reporter. He was awarded a Bronze Star among other decorations. Before turning to poetry, Fleisher held reporting and editing positions with newspapers in New York and Washington, D.C.

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