PALM READING

What's a beach?

Sea's Disneyland,

Sky's stone bleach?

Time's second hand,

 

A pretext chosen 

By last resorts,

Second childhood frozen

In quartz?

 

High school extended

By public demand,

A gamebox suspended

At the end of the sand,

 

Halters aborted,

Towels Tarzanned ,

Undershirts shorted,

Blankets mermanned?

 

The flooding year

Around your toes'

Souvenir

Archipelagoes,

 

Surf's bent signs 

Of ebb and flow,

Love's long lines

In embryo?

 

Rollers outrun

Sweeping to land,

The shorthand of sun

In the palm of your hand,

 

Summer bare

Around a girl,

The day's last flare,

The ocean's curl?

 

June 15th, 2003

Rue de Varenne