The Green Flag

The green flag means the lifeguard is on duty.

The lifeguard sits in a rowboat a few yards off the beach.  She wears sunglasses and watches the children splashing in the shallows.
She steadies the rowboat with its oars.  It is work.  She is young and thin and very tanned.

Children hold hands along the beach.  They stand in a line and jump over the crests of small waves coming in.

On a bench in the park just above the beach, a boy writes in a notebook.

I am new here.
I am new here.


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