THE GOLDEN BEACH WITH PALM TREES DESERTED by Lyn Lifshin

to touch the water
one man says is
like being friendly
with the enemy.
A woman can’t go
near the sea, says
the wave was as tall
as a house. First
she thought she lost
her 7 year old son
then she found him,
hanging in the trees.
Before they lived
in palm shacks but
not even the timber
of the huts remains,
it was used to burn
corpses

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