All 21 of Mississippi’s Beaches Are Closed Because of Toxic Algae (CNN headline)

All 21 of Mississippi’s Beaches Are Closed Because of Toxic Algae (CNN headline)

All 21 of Mississippi’s Beaches Are Closed Because of Toxic Algae (CNN headline)

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It starts with the sweetest
contaminant masks: hound’s-tooth,

hummingbirds & hibiscus. The tagline:
Breathe us in on Instagram. It starts

with Instagram, the masks modeled
near skateboards and gold-light

palmettos. It starts with a sister’s
call from the car: all these trees

down from last night! In the backseat
the kids holler-sing. The weatherman

looks surprised by the tornado in Baltimore.
In Stanhope. In Bucks County, PA.

Strange days, folks. It starts with a gone
jetty. Gone campsite. Gone silo. It starts

with did you see. With still? again?
It starts with I could swear it wasn’t always.

It starts and keeps starting.
With a sidebar headline and a bummer

of a vacation week—no ocean this year,
sorry, kids. But let’s not make it

worse with worry. We’ll play more
mini-golf. We’ll still have a good time.

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