at the beach

a walk on the beach by the sea:
canvas windbreaks, striped,
small naked children in
the water, dogs running,
grandparents happy, blue
skies and sun, puffy
white clouds and frills
of water, deep green colour
near the harbour
and a smooth horizon-line
stretching as if all the
world were limitless
and summer days endless,
no ills, no fever,
no end to joy -
forever days when
we were young, our
small toes pointed
to the distance, bums
in sand

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