Spring Break in Laguna

It’s only nine in
The morning but Main Beach is
already dotted
with umbrellas and blankets.
A sandcastle is
in the making. Mothers smear
sunscreen on the backs
of their pale, happy children
in Easter-egg hued
swimsuits. Two college kids—
a girl and a boy
in jeans and sweatshirts—sit on
the steps to the boardwalk, still
nursing cans of Coors Light
and blinking in the bright sun.