Eric Burke works as a computer programmer in Columbus, Ohio. Recent work can be found in elimae, > kill author, decomP, qarrtsiluni, A cappella Zoo, and Weave Magazine. You can read his blog at anomalocrinus.blogspot.com.
Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it rains for days. Driftwood builds up in front of your camp—not too high. You stay inside, in your makeshift, open-faced tent, where you are still half visible (yes, you know that you are visible) to the gaze of camera-bearing half strangers like me. There you glisten, hoping (half hoping, you imagine), that my seeing you will bring you back, back to your true fortune at last.