Tropical Surprise Cocktail by Alan Catlin

Either they had been
basking in the sun at
some expensive resort
sipping frozen exotic
drinks strained into
oversized goblets
& adorned with a
multiplicity of fruit
slices of all the colors
of the rainbow paper
umbrellas or they had
been left to bake in a
local tanning hut coffin
way too long as a kind of
sick joke as their skin
roasted to the cracking
stage, which went a long
way toward explaining
newly exposed face lift
seams & black melanoma
becoming visible just
beneath the latest tanning
agent no amount of makeup
or stored in a thermos
Mai Tais, Frozen Daiquiris
or Margaritas could remove.

Alan Catlin
Alan Catlin is the poetry editor of His latest books of poetry are American Odyssey from Future Cycle and Last Man Standing from Lummox Press

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