From the collection Picture Making, published 2017. The three photos served as the inspiration for the poem. For more information, look here.
Note: I wrote a poem that covered all three photos; I struggled. Finally I realized it wanted to be split into two. All right, I said. I can change the project rules if I want to. So, here are fraternal twin poems, the photos divided between them.
people go to the swimming pool.
The lifeguards whistle out
the teenagers doing splashy cannonballs
off the diving board
spraying the old ladies sitting in strappy chairs
that the water spots their playing cards
and makes it hard to shuffle.
The kids run on the pool deck
their bathing suits bleaching out day by day
combination of chlorine and sunshine.
The water settles into itself
at night. The first swimmer dives in
cutting through the solid blue
to release the mist
that rises above the water
Every day in summer.
The Seasons Change
The house is sold
after the owner dies.
The orange bottle cap
lies in the gutter
waiting for the next rainstorm
to sweep it into the drain.