Ocean Waves, by Luftrum via Wikimedia Commons
SWIMMING POOL MEMORY
I remember the day I learned to float on my back --
lying in the middle of the pool's chlorine ocean
listening to the sound of the water in my ears
looking up at the blue blue Colorado sky
feeling the cradle of the water rock me back and forth
I didn't hear them yelling at me to come out of the pool --
lessons long over
the other children wrapped in towels
my own reverie broken
feeling a loss when I climbed from water to land
©Mary Lee Hahn, 2013
From Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind):
She was always happiest
sitting by the window of the house
overlooking the Atlantic Ocean,
knotty hands knitting
as she listened to the rhythm of the tides
coming and going, like the years,
just like the years, coming and going,
and sometimes, I'd see her eyes close,
as if she were floating away for a few minutes
towards something better.
©Kevin Hodgson, 2013
The podcast is here.
From Carol (Carol's Corner):
I am five.
Marge Westbay tells me to sit
on the steps at the pool
until it is my turn
to swim with her.
I mean to sit there
But then somehow
I am underwater
through a strange and magical
aqua green world
by the dappled sunlight
on the bottom
of the pool
drags me to the top
sits my bottom hard
on the edge of the pool
and scolds me
for moving toward that magic.
© Carol Wilcox, 2013
Irene has the Poetry Friday roundup at Live Your Poem... Hopefully this week I'll be able to visit the roundup and catch up on some of the amazing projects others are doing this month!
The theme of my 2013 National Poetry Month Project is
"Common Inspiration--Uncommon Creations."
I will be using the media to inspire my poetry, but I am going to invite my students to use my daily media picks to inspire any original creation: poems, stories, comics, music, videos, sculptures, drawings...anything!
You are invited to join the fun, too! Leave a link to your creation in the comments and I'll add it to that day's post. I'll add pictures of my students' work throughout the month as well.