The morning bicyclers were not out yet
and dunes hid me, hungover, half asleep.
I knew she could not see me watching them
as they came to the boardwalk hand in hand,
a grandmother with a child about four.
Her gray hair blended with the gray of dawn
and took a hot rose frost from the red tinge
of first light bouncing off the purple clouds.
She sat the child formally on the bench
as though ushered into a theatre,
folding her hands in delicate white gloves,
her pocketbook carefully in her lap.
The new sun free above the horizon –
the bench now small against the grandeur of
a bonfire sky on molten metal waves –
a tear reflects like mirror on her cheek,
“I made the trip so you wouldn’t miss this”,
the girl yawns early blue eyes at our show.
I warm to an all-encompassing gold
and the maternal heat of a new day.