by Hillary Kobernick
The sign on the beachhead is uncompromising—
so naturally, when I go to the shoreline
there are 3 Miller Lite cans and an empty
handle of Bacardi. Under the clear water
of the pier is a red party cup. Like graffiti
begging us to remember I was here:
THIS WAS A PARTY ON THE BEACH.
This is the same water we drink.
When we go back to our apartments
and turn on the faucet, the metal hand
inside reaches down and reaches east
and brings us back Lake Michigan.
To drink. To live. And we go
to the beach to live. To drink
and get drunk. We go to our life
and tell it it isn’t living it up enough
and leave our empties to prove the point.
The point is that we come to our lives
our life source our Lake Michigan
afraid of it trying to forget
the purity of the sky above our shoulders, the sand
sliding between toes, all the details of this moment
that make us feel alive.