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