The Sandcastle Competition
Every year, they rise as temporary sculptures:
castles built on sand
Scenes from movies, fairy tales, famous faces,
and the seven wonders of the world.
Every year, the earnest and dedicated,
denying the inevitable – as we all must –
and with magic soup to hold the sand
Create to last a thousand years:
a man’s lifetime, a wing-flap’s span.
The waves hunch in, the crowds dissolve
the sand – in all its genius – remains.