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Cape Anne Memories

© Copyright Alessandra Kelley

A sort of mermaid, carved out of what might be driftwood but brightly mahogany colored and with a hole where her stomach might be floats in the air above a sparkling sea with two dark, moundlike islands on the horizon.

I was born on the coast of Massachusetts. My cousins owned an island on the north coast, off Cape Ann. We spent the summer in one of the cottages under melancholy circumstances.

There were a few other islands we could see, rocky outcroppings furred with evergreens and foliage, looming mysteriously on the horizon.