one thing and/or another

Posted: April 19, 2018 in joan barfoot
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Hard to tell what this is, but if it`s an abandoned sleeping bag:

A romantic-minded young man curls overnight on the beach, bursting-hearted with grief for a woman who has advised that whatever his views, or his passions, or his desires, he is not, after all, the person for her, and so, good-bye. Sleepless and thunderstruck, he listens to waves and counts stars, now and then flailing in pity for his own anguish.

At dawn, much refreshed, he rises, stretches, pees into a sand dune, and starts back to town, to hell with sad souvenir sleeping bags.

~

Or, if this is a ruined air mattress:

Beware the undertow. Uh-oh.

 

Joan Barfoot`s  eleven novels include long-listings for the Man Booker and Dublin IMPAC prizes, a short-listing for the Scotiabank Giller, a movie adaptation, and the Amazon first novel and Marian Engel awards. A former newspaper journalist, she lives in London, Ontario. She can be found at www.joanbarfoot.ca

 

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