August

Early morning on Playa de Valdelagrana
The sun is rising behind
the high-rise apartments
that shade the tidy, sandy beach

The sea is as flat as an envelope
sent all the way across from Cádiz
A gentle hum of blue meets the sunlight
where I paddle my feet

I watch her swim left to right
changing from front crawl to backstroke
and then before the masses arrive
and the noise and temperature soar

We head home for breakfast