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The Great Flood
by Catherine Kanaan

I was ten when the flood came
and my town lost its geography
the conjuncture of leftover rains
from a hurricane down south
full moon and high tide

Long Island Sound crept steadily
over the beach and across the road
looking neither left nor right
past the green where we had beach school
to merge with the harbour on the other side

the Saugtuck burst its banks and spread
over main street and beyond
an eerie silence hung over the town
I longed for a canoe to paddle
past the Remarkable Book Shop
Oscars Deli  The Selective Eye

and farther into the mangrove swamps
of red sugar maple and russet oaks
into the unchartered territory
of the Post Road to discover
hillocks islands and waterways
of the changed landscape of my home



The X Rated Rough Cut

by Philip Johnson

" Sitting on the rough floor

drew the first letters
ith forefinger in pink sand."
S.K. Iyer

One swipe of some other kids hand
and they were gone!

I've hated bully's with a passion
ever since.

They called me names so I became insular
- a loner,

the fat kid with tits
and a little willy

was a living hell from which I progressively withdrew
into my own world.

Every grain of sand in that sand pit
formed a bead on my abacus

- a counter on which to record old scores.

A diamond on which to engrave my poetry
- my words

set to outlive all

including those teachers who so readily wrote me off
in their annual reports branding me

"a daydreamer."

That fine sand the soft canvas on which I learned to make love
to many a bully's curious sister. They come to me in twos and threes
to this day along with the occasional daughter.

And, I show em how the blood enters my pecker and fills it up.
How the swollen shaft then enters and carves my name
in their hearts.

All but one, at least, now dearly loved friends
having deposited themselves in their own personal space
in the hollow of my chest.

Each an experience treasured.
Golden like sand.