“Beach Sojourn” was my entry in a poetry contest. The prompt for the contest was a painting titled ‘Playa de la Malvarrosa’, (‘Malvarrosa Beach’) by Ignacio Pinazo Camarlench, a Spanish painter, and one of the most prominent artists of Valencia from the end of the nineteenth century, working in the Impressionist style, in 1887. The poetry form for this contest was the Octava Real. Poems entered were to comprise only three stanzas in this form. My poem received an “Honorable Mention” award.
Reclined on a beach towel upon golden sands,
My sojourn from the world and stresses that weigh.
I shade my eyes from the sun with my hands
As I watched people bathe and children at play.
There appeared to be folk from so many lands
Enjoying the beach on this fine summers day.
A young lass approached and asked, “May I sit?”
Her skin was quite tanned and she looked very fit.
“Of course!” I said flashing my most dazzling grin.
“Please join me on my exclusive piece of beach.”
She has ample breasts but her figure was thin,
Her revealing swimsuit just robbed me of speech.
“Can you please rub this sunscreen onto my skin?”
Her request surprised me, but for it I reached.
“Do you come here often?” I managed to ask
As my hands did their best on the assigned task.
“I’m new to this region, I know no one yet.
But now that we’ve met that’s no longer a thing.
For being so kind I am now in your debt.”
Then she reached behind her and untied the string,
Her bikini top dropped revealing her breasts.
My eyes surely bulged and I wanted to sing.
“I hope you aren’t shy?” she said with a chuckle.
I felt like a baby, needing to suckle.
by John Hansen © 2020