Down the Shore

I’d say we drowned the voice of

The deep Atlantic in Katy Perry.


Or banished mystery with

Mini golf and Skee ball.


Or caught chaos in a box and

Turned it into taffy for children.


But the truth is the ocean

Tamed herself: salt-sweet,

Warm as milk, and lolling up to

Lick our hand like a friendly dog.


Peter Galen Massey is a writer who lives with his family in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia. He blogs at