|photo by Penny K. Sherman courtesy Bluebell Books|
Life is good on Ego Alley*
Lazy days of heat and haze
Sipping margaritas topside
From the Captain's lounge chair
Watching the tourists
In your cleverly named boat
While in another alley
Just a few blocks away
The tourists avert their gaze
While a small boy plays
With a beer can and a stick.
In a puddle of rainwater and piss
He guides his boat around cigarette butts
And a used tampon applicator
Until his mother yells for him to quit.
*"Ego Alley" is a small, narrow waterway that leads to the heart of the city of Annapolis, MD. It got it's name from the endless parade of boats and yachts that traverse this dead end canal, usually only to see and be seen.
submitted for Thursday Short Story Slam, Bluebell Books