Fleeting Summer Sun
It was a crab slowly exploring the seashore
crawling over rough shells on the white sand,
over starfish and smooth beach glass.
Some friends toss around a beach ball
being saturated by the scorching sun.
They take refuge under a rainbow umbrella,
with the scent of spray-on sunscreen irritating their nostrils
as they cool off their burnt backs.
Children fill their blue and red buckets with sand
and seawater to create castles
and palaces like the Taj Mahal or Versailles
only for them to be knocked down by the crashing waves.
The crab almost reaches dry land before it is suddenly picked up
by a wave, dragged by rip currents, and slowly drifts away.