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The Sun (Also) Rises

September 26, 2012
Manette Washington

This is what our little peninsula looks like when the sun is shining. Our ferry was stalled this particular morning while a submarine was leaving the shipyard. We followed the sub for about 20 minutes before they allowed us to pass.

There is a man who takes a photo of the sunrise every morning from the Manette Bridge in Bremerton, Washington. He stands there with his dirty canvas backpack, walking stick, ball cap and grizzly white ponytail and faces the Manette Peninsula and takes a snap shot of the white kiss of light in the foggy sky. It’s foggy in the mornings here. People say we have a week left of summer, maybe two, but it feels different in the air. And the tomatoes are starting to pop from the cold weather.

I think the man might be a conspiracy theorist, the way he uses his binoculars to monitor the perimeter of all he can see. And because there are so many ex-military people here (and military people). And for some reason I think you’re more likely to be a conspiracy theorist if you’re ex-military. That’s just me.

I bet he has thousands of photos. I suspect many of them are grey blurs. Maybe he prints them out and lines the walls of his shed where he smokes a pipe and listens to Rush albums, pointing back to a sunrise in ’77 that really floored him, cap now on the counter and the long wisps of his balding head float like spider webs around his halo. Maybe in the afternoons he wears a tin foil cap to protect his mind from being read. Or to keep out the Internet waves.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 26, 2012 10:59 am

    beautiful. when is your book coming out again? 🙂 enjoy your day!!

  2. Catherine and Craig Summers permalink
    September 26, 2012 11:14 pm

    great!!!!!!!!

    On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 9:49 AM, New to the Orleans wrote:

    > ** > sunnydawnsummers posted: ” This is what our little peninsula looks > like when the sun is shining. Our ferry was stalled this particular morning > while a submarine was leaving the shipyard. We followed the sub for about > 20″

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