Beside the Sea

tourists come
in swarms
like locusts,

sometimes even
stripping bare
ancient olive trees.

souvenirs are 
always in demand.

roads so narrow
delivery mini-trucks
need room to pass,

pedestrians will
squeeze  tight 
against store walls.

in a store, a bowl
carved, she told us,
from an ancient
olive tree.

and walking back,
we saw seaside
businesses, places

you might sit
and drink coffee,
with new friends or old.

didn't test the water, 
expected it was cold.

4 thoughts on “Beside the Sea

      1. I was thinking of just banning tourism, where I live it is busy in season, has been wonderfully quieter since covid, and nature fares better.


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