I sit on the sand staring out into the Pacific
A cooling north-easterly breeze
Makes this hot day bearable.
There is a girl wading through the soft beach break
With her feet she is digging for pippies*
Around her neck she carries a dilly bag
Where she stores the small shell fish.
I watch as she moves methodically along the beach
Her nakedness apparent
For this is a place where she can be herself.
Her body is athletic
Her breasts pointed into her future
She is focused on her task.
She blows off any would be attractions
Turns away from the stares of those
Encased in their own ignorance.
I watch as she turns and makes her way back.
There is no doubt she is a beautiful sight
She gives me a brief smile as she passes
I smile back as her bottom disappears over the dunes.
Moments later she is back
Plops beside me, her body now covered.
She slips her arm into mine
Lays her head upon my shoulder
We sit together, the sun beats down
We are glad we are here.
*Pippies are a small shell fish found in the sand on Australian beaches. They are a delicacy and much sort after such that some locations have restrictions on how many you can take from the beach at any one time.