Sunday, December 2, 2018

Week at the Shore (Day 683)


A sticky south wind chuckles 

at flocks of shining tourists 

     splashing beach-bright clothes 

     all over a wide bleached 

boardwalk   smoothly sulky 

the younger people vault over 

     sagging fences impatient for 

     the waves and the secret 

places their hands can linger 

underwater   after an hour or so 

     the crowd grows restless 

     shifting and sighing 

on the lumpy sand some even 

wondering why they came for 

     another vacation at the shore 

     and whether this one week 

can be worthy of so much 

anticipation   while others 

     sprawl and sink into 

     their boredom   clutching it 

as if it were the one-and-only 

life boat on a rapidly-sinking ship



(c) 2018, by Hannah Six

Image: Spiterman/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)