Put Down Your Camera and Love Me
by J.P. Reese

The dead whale's bones wash to white

on the beachhead in Puerto Peñasco.

We are full of chalupas, salsa verde,

and bad Mexican music. Your mouth

tastes of sea salt, the margaritas

we drank at the fish market bar.

I take a swallow, taste lime,

drink you in.

The skeletal shadow sinks eastward.

Twinned porpoise streak silver over the sea.

Sunset fingers through the carcass

to touch a tourist who stops to snap

a photo of his future.

J.P. Reese has work published or forthcoming in protestpoems.org: Writing for Human Rights, Thunderclap Magazine, Connotation Press, The Smoking Poet, Silkworms Ink, The Pinch, Forces, Eclectic Flash, Used Furniture Review, Blue Fifth Review, Gloom Cupboard, Corium Magazine, Precious Metals and other venues. Reese is a poetry editor for this, and she also teaches English at a small college in Texas.

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