This is where painted dolphins and
swim up the motel wall, lounge chairs
the swimming pool, and refugees
from the North
provide a septuagenarian version
of Bay Watch
as the sun separates each epidermis
into white meat and dark meat portions.
Beyond blooming hibiscus, palm trees
lazily toward the sky where cumulus
Gulf waters soothe the eyes, dilute
leave seaweed tidemarks on the beach.
According to St. Matthew, Floridians
but they have built well on the
Some retirees who are taking a vacation
shuffle toward the shuffleboard
court as others
shuffle cards on tables shaded by
Past buildings in pastels from citrus
to melon, geezers stroll the beach
pick up shells, look up at parasailers.
Snowbirds flock for earlybird specials
to Crabby Bill's, Philly Phil's
The British Pub, or Leverock's,
"If it's fresher than ours, it's
Catering to the pace of senior citizens,
local eateries do not advertise
Choices, choices! Miniature
or regular golfing?
Deep sea fishing or dolphin viewing?
training or greyhound racing?
or casino cruise? Virtual
or concert? Surrealism at
the Salvador Dali
Museum or real chill at the Holocaust
At the Internet Outpost Cafe, winter
read e-mails from their home computers
while snail mail piles up at their
home post offices.
After seeing TV snow fall in Erie,
and Quebec, they stretch out in
the sun, chat
with new-found friends, dip into
the pool to cool.
The faithful gather at the beachside
in the evening,
when it is safe to look the sun
in its face,
and in firm expectation of a resurrection,
watch the day die into the waters
of the Gulf.
© by Bernhard Hillila