Thanet

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse05 Sep 2016

England ends
in layers of azure
shimmering
into silver
beside the golden sand,
fusing light,
sea and sky.

Pensioners
sit before their beach huts,
an inward-
gazing semi-
circle reddening at
the shoulders,
post-card-fat

with burned backs
spurning the horizon,
forgotten
grandchildren
playing in the wild surf.
Their kettle
starts to boil.