Playa Colorada

By Peg Boyers b. 1952 Peg Boyers
It was a beach
like all beaches, only perhaps more beautiful.
And the sand was pink not red.
 
We would arrive in caravans,
hampers overflowing with food and drink
like Aziz and his party on the way to Malabar.
 
The colonials and their servants away on an outing.
We would stop under thatch umbrellas,
towels and tablecloths spread out against the sea.
 
My mother in her skirted swim suit
surrounded by fathers of other children,
her olive skin lit through her straw hat.
 
They would laugh and drink beer
and leer
while the children did the usual beach things,
 
boring futile tunnels to China, running
at waves and then away,
daring each other to be swallowed.
 
I would go out by the forbidden rocks and pick off oysters,
then give them to the men to pry open,
cover with lime juice and suck dry.
 
Once, I saw my mother sucking
an oyster out of another daddy’s hand.
Her dappled face bobbed and smiled and her tongue
 
searched the shell for pearls.

Peg Boyers, "Playa Colorada" from Honey with Tobacco. Copyright © 2007 by Peg Boyers.  Reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press.

Source: Honey with Tobacco (The University of Chicago Press, 2007)

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Poet Peg Boyers b. 1952

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Coming of Age, Youth, Activities, Eating & Drinking, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

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Poet Peg Boyers was born in San Tomé, Venezuela, but spent her childhood on the move, living in such countries as Libya, Italy, Indonesia, and Cuba. She earned her BA from Skidmore College. Her collections of poetry are Hard Bread (2002) and Honey with Tobacco (2007). Hard Bread contains a series of poems written in the voice of Natalia Ginzburg (1916–1991), an Italian writer, editor, and mother who witnessed World War II. . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Coming of Age, Youth, Activities, Eating & Drinking, Sports & Outdoor Activities, Relationships, Family & Ancestors, Nature, Seas, Rivers, & Streams

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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