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Rental in St. Augustine
Sarah Sadie


The gates all blown a bit awry—they leaned.
Our feet kicked dazzle ahead of us in an arc,
tintinnabulations of spray and spark
as sand-colored minnows skated over sand.

Bright tan people each driving their truck and music
right to the water, the water shallow, uneven
like old glass, children like minnows in
and back, in, back, in and out and back—

To be honest I couldn’t get used to the fizzy swimsuits.
The heat, seaspray, radios all made me dizzy.
I turned around, saying I had to sleep.
But how to sleep in rented rooms, crowded

with sailboat and lighthouse tchotchkes? Every towel
reminding us cheerfully that we were vacationing
guest of The Smiths (no. 215) and please
to make ourselves at home—and that view

that offered every paintbox blue and no
assurances: cobalt, lapis, cerulean,
pale lilac at the horizon, then the green
blue-green and indigo of the sea.

From Somewhere Piano (Mayapple Press, 2012).
Used with the author’s permission.


Sarah Sadie's chapbook, Do-It-Yourself Paper Airplanes, was published by Five Oaks Press in 2015 and a full-length collection, We Are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds, is due out from Lit Fest Press this spring. Sarah teaches and works with poets one on one, and hosts occasional retreats for writers and other creative types. Learn more about her at


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Hopelessly true life. Great poem thanks.
Posted 03/17/2016 08:11 PM
Posted 03/17/2016 07:58 PM
Thanks Sarah. I enjoyed this poem all over again today.
Posted 03/17/2016 01:44 PM
Lori Levy:
Love the "children like minnows" and the "fizzy swimsuits" and the description of the towels.
Posted 03/17/2016 10:06 AM
Comforting to be reminded of "cobalt, lapis, cerulean" on this a grey morning in Wisconsin. Thanks, Sarah! Nice to read your work here today. Marilyn Z.W.
Posted 03/17/2016 09:01 AM
Wonderful language, wonderful poem.
Posted 03/17/2016 06:58 AM
Posted 03/17/2016 06:08 AM

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