Beach Towel

By Jennifer Kaczor – Los Angeles, California, USA - 27 May 2012


At the beach
it is almost impossible
to make your towel
lie flat


no matter how many times
you shake it out
billow it in the breeze
and slowly
by inches
lower it to the sand


a sudden gust
always catches a corner
and having gotten hold
twists the towel
in half
and throws it in your face


perseverance does no good
there is always the wind
and so I give up
crawl across the towel
lie prostrate
my hands and feet anchoring the corners


I laugh
this position


will someday be imitated
before my lord
who will
I pray


quiet the wind.