Waves stirring the beach this morning,
high tide rising, salty froth on a cup of cappuccino.
Seas will be rougher, maybe an afternoon
thunder storm. For now – that sun-painted sky,
sandpipers skimming the foam
and old friends strolling the shoreline
in all our shapes of jog and wobble.
Some of us stoop to prove we still can, rub the smooth
skin of a shell before dropping it into a bucket.
Who wouldn’t fancy the vibrant lives of those around us?
That pelican scooping a bluefish, no worries of weather
or the daily count of wing-beats for weight loss.
Dog, off-leash, chasing a gull. A child dripping her first
sand castle from a tidal pool. Even the lifeguard
we’ve been watching, the one setting up the day
for the weekly renters. Look how she lifts wood chairs
over her head, twists umbrellas deep into hard sand,
her back straight as copper rebar,
biceps bulging with young muscle.
Imagine our bodies that buoyant,
even after last night’s
raucous ruckus of sex in the dunes.