4th of July

it

was so full

then–

Ma

and Daddy

and siblings

driving to a

Cape Cod beach.

sitting on sand

and mother-fed

chicken

and potato salad

and yellow, chocolate-

frosted cake.

the summer-warm

salty water,

the sun

that did not burn

our seasoned skin.

Daddy

and Uncle Charles

the navigators

of the day–

our cousins close by,

some of Wampanoag parentage…

family–

encirled with food,

love and warmth.

i am of ocean people–

fishers, swimmers,

‘waders-in-the-water’,

washers,

drinkers,

ship-riders,

ocean-crossers

far from home…

who brought

the gift of love and

joy,

and faith,

with rhythmic

music

and food-of-the-soul

and heart

with Independence,

to these

Atlantic waters

and beyond.

Linda Tauhid

7/4/17

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