sun shone bright on that summer's day
to the beach I did wend my way.
weaved through the traffic on that trip
on that promised dip.
perspired freely from every pore
I made my way down to the shore.
beach was crowded, from cliff to sea
folks that thought the same as me.
found a spot and spread my towel
though we were packedin, cheek by jowl.
first blood, and victory, went to me
secured a spot, but where's the sea?
tide I'd noted was on the wane
more hours, before it turned again.
the tide receded, so did my hope,
would think to bring a telescope?
glanced around at would be bathers there
girls well formed, men bronzed, chests bare.
thought what will they think of me
my bathing suit, covered neck to knee.
was arelic from my past,
a shame that fashions never last.
sighed, and to the sea did glance,
for my hoped for dip, there was no chance.
folded up my strip-ped towel
left those bathers, packed cheek by jowl
wended my weary sweat stained way
to the Home, to plan another day,
I could indulge my fancy free
a refreshing dip in that receding sea.
should have told me at the Institute,
one no longer bathes, in a full length suit!