Where was I then? What was I listening to? Oh, myself, no doubt, alone & humming a tune I can't remember. Did you say something? Of course you did. I understood every word I pretended to hear. Low end torque & rumble of mid-tide surf wrapping in around the point, foam washing up across the sand, late afternoon blue haze of sky gone gold around the edges. Your eyes were like damp footprints evaporating on the sidewalk & I was feeling like a flashlight on a moonless night the power gone & the rain sweeping in from the south. I've seen dusty palm trees genuflect in barefoot alleyways leading down to the beach. It can be like that sometimes. The sky melting like a box of crayons in the Painted Desert riding in on the shattered chrome drainage of the rising tide.