The last time I was here, the lake front was crowded with families sharing picnic blankets and congregations of teens on beach towels. I spent most of my time pretending to read, but really sneaking glances at a particular bikinied girl. I lay on my stomach to hide my lust.
This evening, the grasses are yellow-worn from a summer of use; the birch trees barren of leaves; a windfall of apples on the ground.
A bullfrog's "wronk, wronk, wronk" breaks my reverie. I walk to the nearby lodge and sit alone. Several couples dine in silence, staring past one another.
Looking out the window, I see her again, taste that first kiss, touch her apple-hard breast.
What was her name ...
Published in contemporary haibun online