everything was dead and everything was buried
and it was very quiet, wherever it was.
in a dream the coastguard sprayed air freshener
that smelled like reassurance.
i was late to the party and came in through the backyard,
where they were grilling.
in the kitchen they were filleting their own fish
and wagging the skin in the air before they threw them away.
a girl next to me said they smelled like fish belly.
i wanted to ask her what that meant
but i guess it was maybe obvious.
later i folded up a canvas lawn chair
and took it with me down the street
towards the sound of fireworks season
and the sentiment that you would want to build a religion around.
which is just what we did.