Out of Season

It’s unseasonably wet, and Sihanoukville is quiet –
the tourists are staying
or just

At the beach
vendors of sea-shell necklaces,
and skewered prawns,
play with their children,
eat rice porridge,
or just stare at the half-full tour boats.

Painted in reds and teals,
they putter
and forth,
on the iron grey sea
that bleeds into the silver sky,
so that the more distant islands
                    on the
                       the horizon


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