We enunciate each word
like brackets that hold us up.

It’s almost November,
our time is necessarily brief,
Tan lines fade into deadly quiet.
You are off to another beach,
I am back to work. Clean breaks
heal quickest, please
don’t promise me a postcard.
This has been more meaningful
than you can imagine,
I wish you were less
of a stranger

but think of the money
we saved on the cake.