The kids’ play area, primary-colored chunks

of polyethylene: swings and slides

and climbing cubes and overturned tricycles

all still and dripping in a pale March rain

and stretching beyond the chain-link perimeter

walls and walls of graying pine-scrub forest

(where rabid animals stalked last summer)

dissolving up to a low ridge, where it’s said

to be less than a mile beyond to the nice beach

that no one from here ever goes to

and beyond that, the slate-flat, indifferent sea.




Robbie Gamble is a nurse practitioner working with homeless families and individuals in the greater Boston area. He is presently working on an MFA in poetry at Lesley University. He has been published courtesy of Main Street Rag, Wilderness House Literary Review, Ibbetson Street and Modern Haiku.