Beach Holidays

Swum watchers on beach
holidays form an offshore
float as they avoid salted

sips of fixed tidal risings –
stiff lips – Infectious sand
glues to skin – a troubling

abrasion – a light grazing –
A chatter of adults & kids
under angled-at parasols

[tilted to dash sunburn’s
track] – Talk of exchange
& Brexit crap – Vacations

matter so to pale English
bathers with factor-slaps
& piss-coloured drinks in

bars blasting football – A
fleshy heat riles tempers
& lusts in holidaymakers

& then a swap of shifts as
one week ends & another
commences – no changes

to swum watchers out on
that light fracking tide [in
a year they’ll swim again]