The ice cream drip of summer days
leaves sticky stains on memories
steeped in salt and vinegar, candy floss,
egg sandwiches and seaside rock.
Faded black and white photos lack
the sunny glare of beach towels,
the welcome rainbow of parasols,
barking dogs and beach balls
bouncing in the sea and then the thrill
of penny arcade and postcard rack,
with a surreptitious peek at rude ones
before choosing several to send back
to family and friends you wished could be
with you beside the seaside, beside the sea.
Kim M. Russell, 28th July 2018
My poem for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Weekend Mini Challenge: At the Seaside also linked to Poets United Poetry Pantry.
I’m looking forward to reading poems in response to my Toads challenge this weekend, which is all about the seaside, postcards and memories of summer holidays.