Porto Colom Beach
Candy striped umbrellas
jostle for space on the beach
amongst spread-eagled limbs.
Oiled and golden brown they bake in the sun.
Lily white legs stand,
hot sand trickling between their toes.
Stout tummies lead the way
into cool lapping water,
wading, slow, heavy with
sagging, ponderous thighs.
Children lunge bravely into the deep
and bob to the surface,
grinning happily in a ring of bright plastic.
Fluorescent loops and paddles float
amongst the splashing hysterics
and squealing laughter of distant figures.