I always dreamed of being able to see the ocean
from this kitchen window,
while the bacon sizzled.
The last summer we gathered on the bluff,
this was the view.
I will remember this tiny galley space,
full of friends,
grabbing for pots and pans,
reaching behind the dish-washer,
who was sudsing away at the old porcelain sink…
criss-crossing some other arm,
in search of a knife for the cheese plate…
and the two of us who were wrangling the lid
on the about-to-boil lobster pot,
which took up three of the four burners on the little stove,
leaning to one side,
as the screen door came banging in,
and one or other of the urchins came flying by,
after being told to fetch the bug spray
for those who were re-applying after showers
and a day at the beach.
If you were standing in that kitchen,
looking out this window,
and turned to your right,
you would be enlisted as the “passer”.
The sliding window,
opened to the sun porch,
was the pass through for the ones
who were charged with setting the table,and relaying drink orders,
and hurrying the cooks along
as the hungry beach stragglers,
who had done the breakfast service,
were seated at the long blue benches.
So many meals,
so much laughter,
and not a few kisses,
we just simply lived love
in that space.
When first I visited this camp,
on the bluff,
at the edge of the world,
there were six.
The most perfectly weighted,
They aged with us,
but even with a crack or chip or two,
I could happily lose myself
in that deep marine indigo cave.
At the end
there was one
alone to remember,
with the patina
of all those morning hands…
the whispers of our days
lived by the sea.