THIRTY TWO DEGREES
32 degrees south of the equator
32 degrees above freezing point.
Below the river reaches the sea,
An ocean beach stretches without end to the north.
Dark of the sea, pale sky.
Yellow strip of sand
And proportioned pine trees
By the motel room.
Two TVs, microwave and videos
Carpet crawling the walls
Classic scenes of the sea.
A time to rest after lunch.
Then to wake in an hour to the beach,
To shining waves on the river,
And the sound of the cars rolling by.