After the morning's work
and before taking my son to a doctor's appointment
was one perfect hour
in which I rushed to the beach
parked on Thalia Street
and ran across Pacific Coast Highway
water-logged longboard under my arm.
I pulled on my wetsuit
pausing to take note
of a new hole under the left arm, darnit
and paddled out.
The water was still January-chilly
but the warm sun made up for it
and I caught wave after glassy little wave
and watched the pelicans dive
thank you, thank you
when I saw
a pod of dolphins swim by.