PLAYAS DE TIJUANA por Tere la Potosina 14va
Cocoanuts and seafood shacks
terrace above the sea where
someone's life got saved today -
pulled from cold water
and carried ashore .
A multitude of lifeguards and firemen
drove their trucks and jeeps along
the beach toward that worried knot
of brown and white men with
red floats slung across their shoulders .
You could almost see them breathe
with relief over the little creature
whose arms moved,
on the sand as
we all watched
on the oceanfront promenade .
I taught my girlfriend how to recognize
rip tides today
gazing out across the sea
those jagged currents hidden in
patterns of water not so easily
seen when you're right
down next to it .
Relations are something else
I must drink
but don't want to drown
hands and arms clasping
on this tide vanished shore .
Someone applauded when we kissed - but
we didn't see any painted donkeys there
only dolphins and children
playing castles of sand .
Copyright 2001-2003 Daniel Charles Thomas