Gemini was standing behind a table display, at the edge of the beach
calling out with compelling confidence and gestures as if he owned that vast space
meeting all he did not already know, with his open, approachable, friendly smile
asking to join him in a sip of tea
the tea was cool
refreshing during a walk on Isla Verde summer beach
familiarity in a foreign place,
and that one sip of tea was a trajectory onto a new path,
life long friendship and life-raft buoyancy out of dark seas.