From the collection published in the summer of 2015, Catch Up With Summer.  It was inspired by my scenes from my local swim pool in Pennsylvania. The pool in the photo is from a trip I made to Hawaii quite some time ago, but it still exists. The war referred to is WWI and the pool hosted elite swimmers in its early decades; there were many internationally-known swimmers from Hawaii during this period. An interesting book on this subject is The Three Year Swim Club.


The blue of the water in the pool
is the color of the popsicle
that little girl just bought from the ice cream truck
that shows up every hour on the hour
when it’s time for adult swim and so
the kids need something to do
and ice cream is it.
The popsicle melts immediately and thoroughly
in the afternoon heat
It’s a race as to whether it will finish itself
before the little girl can do it
my money is on the girl.
Her face is blue-streaked.
When the lifeguard’s whistle blows
she will jump back into the water
and add some blue
to that pool

War Memorial Pool, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 2000.

Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial Pool, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 2000.


2 thoughts on “Blue

  1. I love the idea of the pool being blue because of melted Popsicle. It’s like an answer to that question kids ask about why the sky or sea are blue. Melted Popsicle. That’s the answer. The image of the Popsicle trying to finish itself is wonderful.

  2. I have a thing for blue popsicles and I associate them with the pool in summertime because they are part of my childhood memories of the pool – you may remember I was a competitive swimmer and got my start at a summer club, where we spent every day, for years. And it was the only place back then that seemed to sell blue pops.

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