We had an odd beach house green duplex sitting on top of a cement
sea wall aesthetics were not a word then screened in porch
linoleum floors because of sand refrigerator smelled cold
house was dark six bedrooms enough for relatives
we ate hamburgers from a round tin backyard barbecue grill in
what they called The Yard. Dandelions and a little grass.
My father bought the house with Solly
Stein his college roommate from Cornell they lived next door
for a few years until his wife Elaine none of us liked her too thin
black bathing suit she wasn’t funny even said once Why Are You People Always Laughing
Steins moved out Curranos moved in Italians on the Jewish
block Marie Currano wore a red bathing suit without a skirt
we ate together all of us better hamburgers at the Curranos
Solly and my father would still drink a beer once in a while
for years and after Elaine left him for a Man in Manufacturing
Solly came to visit all the time.