you put on your bathing suit
as soon as you wake up  

the mockingbird in the palm tree sings
without pausing for breath  

lizards darting across your path
stop to give you a wink  

each wave kisses you tenderly
even ones that knock you down  

the sun is a warm handshake,
a mantle across your shoulders  

the ocean in motion’s a lullaby
and you rest easy in the womb  

every pedestrian shell on the shore
is a singular masterpiece  

all is forgiven, including yourself,
repentance not required