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Amy and Bill at the Beach, France, 2005

I took this candid,
preserved one second of messy life.

Dad smugly reaches for the six-pack
he snuck in under our pink and blue towels.

Mum's floppy—I look like Audrey Hepburn, darling—hat
blows away in the wind.

I ran and caught it then as I catch myself now,
looking through old family photographs,

index finger quick against the glossy surfaces,
tracing what I think must have been happiness.

France used to be so wholesome;
those sunny beaches smiled too brightly at us.

What big teeth you have, I say to nostalgia.

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