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Calico crab

His vacated skin

is pinkish-

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mother-of-pearl

within.

I cup my hand

to hold the gremlin

in a pocket of wind -

a relic of yesterday's fabric:

Beachcombing,

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bodysurfing,

and the periwinkle gardens

we haunted at low tide.

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