It seems as though you are still summer
standing there – holding our towels
sweet coconut and saltpan
furnace ready to melt
flesh from fiery soles.
Head back laughing
hearts, but here you are
hurrah! – so kiss me quick
oil my shoulders, get some rays
in a glint clouds will allow just
one moment more we’re endless summer.
Image: Women in bathing suits on Collaroy Beach, 1908, photographed by Colin Caird, State Library of NSW. Two nonets for Dverse where Laura is hosting and asks us to count down for the ninth month. The line ‘It seems as though you are still summer’ is from W.S. Merwin’s To the Light of September.