Our son Nick, an ocean rescue lifeguard in Nags Head, NC, was vaccinated in May but this month came down with breakthrough covid, and quarantined with his gf, also a lifeguard and vaccinated and sick, at the beach. They’re okay now, back in town. He said they hunkered down indoors, ordered out, played video games, and only ventured outside one night late for a walk. Sentimental dad goes….
In our masks we hold hands
bare feet splashed in the sand
still warm all these hours after sunset.
The 8th of our 10 days sequestered.
Our first outside but late.
Whenever the hospitals normalize
and the masks come off
it will be this squish
of sand, the sea wash,
that wagging finger of moonlight
tracking our solitary stroll…
If we are among the lucky
and why not? Or wherever
you may be, I know I’ll say
but still, there was that night
when we both were feeling better
that pinned it all.