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Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005 12:48 pm

Jacqueline Jackson

poolpoem # 3

poolpoem # 3

the trouble with the Y pool is
it isn’t ringed with
spruce hemlocks maples birches
no blue sky above or clouds or stars
or pelting rain so that the water
leaps up to meet every drop
it doesn’t have carly in her sleek shell
sculling three lengths every morning
or the long-necked cormorant diving
in the middle or alan fishing afar
there are no sunsets on its western edge
owls screeching at night the vireo
serenading all day the great blue heron
standing perfectly perfectly still

but it is what it is and it’s here
provides wet and exercise
even a lifeguard to protect me
and I am grateful

© Jacqueline Jackson 2005

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