long beach

he stood, striking me as the
Picturesque Man
shirt ballooning in breezes on
a beach, basking in salty air.
standing guard against far flung oil rigs
we were protected
by his wide stance and focused glance
at the surroundings
while we hid
 you and i
under a nice big towel
smiling          secrets unspoken
and shared in the closeness of hilarity
of      aren't we silly
of    let's share this different world for awhile
age disregarded
i picked over expectations and went
with adventure
decorum went out with the tide
and we were left
sandblown and still smiling
in a blanket of sun.