Waxy white, pale as cream,
naked legs displayed in shorts
burn indecent images on retinas
whenever the temperature reaches 60 degrees.
Warm weather gear’s rare appearance
confused many still coated in Gore-Tex.
They scanned the sky warily as if the sun was minutes
from disappearing behind solid gray banks
skirting the Pacific, heading inland to swallow
blue sky and disgorgingsquall fits.
Always ready for the next soaking, these
hardy souls squinted in the unusual glare
still layered for protection; others so carefree,
exposed snow white appendages.
Wonder how many sunburns made
geeky white legs turn lobster red?