Robert Halleck – Bourbon Dark Sea

Bourbon Dark Sea

I ignore the sign
that says the beach closes
at sunset as I sit on a
rock with a half bottle
of ginger ale topped
with bourbon. Evening
mist cut by passing car
lights gives a lambent
glow to a sea rising and
falling in gentle waves.
Tonight is mine. I am
ignoring all signs: no
alcohol, no dogs, no
fires. My shepherd is
shadowed by a small glow
from embers that were
once flames. It feels
good to push against
what is supposed to be.
The tide will rise to cover
the sins of my presence.



Robert Halleck is a member of San Diego California’s Not Dead Yet Poets. His work has appeared in many publications in the last 40 years and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

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