1980 beach
Permanent Vacation
by Cynthia Bryant

Someday soon
I’m gonna pick myself up
out of this rut I have fashioned
from tawdry bits of life
leave the baggage home
camp out on white sandy beaches
where aqua water laps gently
along the shoreline
sweet subtle scents float on the breeze
and everything I eat
is eaten with hands
savored to last succulent morsel
and I know
if I ever make
that first step towards the door
I will never look back

PHOTO: Southern California beach circa 1980 (Cynthia Bryant photo).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Cynthia Bryant’s poetry ranges from world news, to poignant pieces closer to her heart: love, family, incest, and injustice. Cynthia has been invited to read her poetry throughout California in diverse venues including coffee shops, fairs, art galleries, schools, battered women’s shelters, and a federal prison. First published in 1997 by two important journals dealing with childhood sexual abuse, Cynthia has since been published in over 30 anthologies. Her books Sojourn, Pebbles in the Shoe, and No Time to Shoot the Poets were accepted into the Ina Coolbrith Circle section in Sacramento State Library’s Special Collections Reading Room.