Miami Beach

Miami Beach

a poem by Brandon Marlon

Considering all the eye-catching pastel and neon

of a haven where every building is uniquely named,

where every hour is happy, small wonder

you only realize several days later

that you've been treading all this time

along pink sidewalks cool as the breezy mornings

greeting risers eager for sand and surf,

for the pushback of salty Atlantic waves;

tread nimbly, stroller, else you're bound to startle

scurrying lizards or grazing chickens down below

while high above by rooftop pools loungers

sipping margaritas and mojitos tan

and speakers blast reggaeton like they mean it. 

We all don and doff per activities and weather,

usually paradisal, occasionally catastrophic,

luxuriating for a time always too fleeting,

prompting vows to return and explore

even more in sessions of sun still to come.

Adventures, 2018, Mixed media on canvas, 10 x 10 inches. Ginger Cochran

Adventures, 2018, Mixed media on canvas, 10 x 10 inches. Ginger Cochran

About the author:

Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 275+ publications in 30 countries.

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