On a Beach


On a beach

a crescent beach

with gentle waves

and gentle fisherman



On a beach

a beach of calm

her soft white sand

and soft dark women



On a beach

a tranquil beach

shimmering, shallow warmth

shimmering, turquoise mirror



On a beach

a beach of palms

with hammocks strung

and strung out travellers












On a beach

this beach of huts

each day anew

each day more crowded



On a beach

beached with life

local life and foreigner

dogs and cows won't move over



On a beach

this beach is ours

this beach is theirs

this beach is everyone's




Photograph: Palolem Beach, Goa, India