May Day

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse05 May 2015

Abandoned rocky pools
punctuate wave-smoothed sand
between salt-spattered windows
and the retreating silver-calm sea.

A man kicks a ball
for a small boy to chase
forlornly to the place it stops,
momentarily still,

Before it blows backwards
to a casually swung foot
waiting to slam it once more
far up the beach.