11 September – Saltburn

The schools are back,
leaving beauty spots free
so we drive to the coast
for seaside therapy.
Black sand marbles golden
in abstract, flowing shapes
and the currents within me shift
with the push and pull of the waves.
A sand piper plays for laughs,
scuttling absurd little shows
while I delight to reunite
the beach with my shoe-freed toes.
The gulls cry a perfect soundtrack
as I breathe deep salty bliss,
feeling my inner oceans calm
while sea and shore gently kiss.