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Jake Sheff: Excursion: The Cruise Ship Chronicles

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Art by Bernice Holtzman 2024

Excursion: The Cruise Ship Chronicles

 

by Jake Sheff

 

“Forget old or young; I grow eternal.”

– graffiti on the nude beach’s billboard

 

The trip around the island on mopeds,

from St. Martin to St. Maarten

and back, was nearly ninety minutes.

 

The nude beach, with pockets of

misunderestimation, took

less time than we’d expected.

 

But normally time produces

metaphors at an astonishing rate,

so we scarfed down lobster

 

claws and Dutch beer with

road to spare. To call the sun

exaggerating that day would be

 

an understatement, but two

beers would have been foolish;

the unfamiliar vehicles

 

and territory would not become

a twenty-year-old song

that quickly. Let’s get back

 

to waging war against war, aware

of the waves out there, from

places that don’t need Tuesdays.




Jake Sheff is a pediatrician and veteran of the US Air Force. He's married with a daughter and a crazy bulldog. Poems and short stories of Jake’s have been published widely. A full-length collection of formal poetry, A Kiss to Betray the Universe, is available from White Violet Press. He also has two chapbooks: Looting Versailles (Alabaster Leaves Publishing) and The Rites of Tires (SurVision).

Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received. She is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024