WISH YOU WERE HERE

If I wrote you a postcard
I would write
‘wish you were here’
perhaps in capital letters.

WISH YOU WERE HERE
is a banal codification
used when people have nothing to say
but the situation demands a message.
This is known.

But
if I wrote you a postcard
and wrote
‘wish you were here’
perhaps in capital letters
you would see through the context
strip away the convention
and see the message as it was truly meant.
I wish you were here.

Castro Marina 200901

I blinked and the firework was a flower on the back of my eye, evening star soaring as the moon sank beyond the town wall. Where the sea had been this morning was deep nothingness, holding glassy afloat the lights of the outgoing boats. A moment, and the moon.