Driving into Half Moon Bay

Pat Tompkins

Coastal living: a mile inland from the public beach,
Vista del Mar trailer park, immobile homes crammed
on a paved lot. East of the faded blue single-wide,
a field of brown goats. To the west, an Oddfellows
cemetery, long full and forgotten: south: a two-lane
highway; north: more canned homes. Headstones,
weeds, wooden huts, all washed gray. Across the road,
new condominiums; white trims windows that look
onto neighbors, boxed in by more boxes. A short cast
away, Red and Curly’s Bait Shop sells fresh roast peanuts.
Near the road’s shoulder, ground fog cloaks naked ladies.
Cost of living: kites skitter above the littered beach.


Pat Tompkins is an editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her poems and short fiction have appeared in Mslexia, KYSO Flash, Thema, and other publications.