Sunday, January 26, 2014

August, Ocean City (Poem 299)

boardwalk unrolls 
splintering gray runner
mouths gape to
accept wads of 
cotton candy 
crises of disallowed
ice cream cones 
headlined in bold
angry cries spread 
on shrinking towels 
hot oiled bodies 
brown and pink 
planks scuffed and 
polished by decades 
among hats and 
sandals purchased 
at damp gritty shops 
above the vast blue 
sky stark as a faded 
polaroid picture in 
a shell-encrusted frame 
light tang of salt on 
the air shimmering
as far as the eye can see

(c) 2014, by Hannah Six


Boardwalk at Ocean City, NJ 
(photo: by Arabsalam, Wikipedia Commons)