Beach Sojourn

Beach Sojourn
She has ample breasts but her figure was thin


“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.


Beach Sojourn

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

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

4 thoughts on “Beach Sojourn

  • October 4, 2021 at 9:35 AM

    I love Ottava Rima (Real) I wrote my letters in this form and I am currently working on collecting them in a book. Great poem John I hope you are well. Jamie

  • October 5, 2021 at 3:41 AM

    Thank you, Jamie. This was the first poem I have ever written in this style. I am glad it is one you are familiar with and experienced in. All fine here.


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