Juniors Eric Bradshaw and Ceanne Rennie along with Wakefield Class of 2019 graduate Moya Seneb are all published in the upcoming anthology, “Written in Arlington” a collection of poems by the poets who help make Arlington County great. Thank you to Katherine E. Young, Arlington’s Poet Laureate for helping Wakefield Poets get published and for helping to keep poetry flourishing in Arlington County, VA.
Read Ceanne’s poem here:
The Pool Poem
by Ceanne Rennie
The water rushes through me
cleaning out my eyes and ears
like the cotton swabs my mother
used to carry in her purse.
My pores are open when I surface,
the air burns my nostrils and
fills my head like
the steam from a steamer.
It makes me sweat onion peels,
especially after that first dip
in the water.
The chemical washes the
grime from my fingernails
and overpowers me.
As if this
is all there is
nothing else to recognize,
except that the line for food is getting shorter
and I can rely on my long legs to get me there
before the family of five does.
The pool is a communal bath.
This time of year you should call it a hot tub
or a boiling pot.
Sidewalks serve as stoves and you can smell the
hot dogs and hamburgers.
When people walk by you can hear the sizzle
and pop of them cooking,
of the grease slithering down,
down to the brown pavement and
into the pot.
A congregation of
people young and old.
Small children run and scream and
bob and weave through the lifeguard’s tower,
over the golden rainbow of tanned bodies
and down the WonderSlide.
Seniors swim and swish in the shallow end,
smiles facing forward and arms brushing the clouds,
all of them dressed in purple waists
riding on orange
the journey of a lifetime.
I wear the same things as they do,
but no doubt I look like a boiled egg
with the way the sun shines on me,
and the way I struggle in six feet.
Bubbles broil off the hair
from a big beefy back
and it smells like barbecue.
The pool is
a tool for renewal.
cleanse the water,
Fill the craters in your mind with
ice cream and applesauce.
With the radio turned up high you can
drown out your sorrows
and try something new.
People of different flavors
bring their spices with them.
They all blend so perfectly.
So we mix and we bake
and we sing and we laugh,
knowing that even when we leave
and the pool is drained,
the smell of our potluck will follow us home
and tuck us into bed tonight.
My tongue cradles the memory
of every plate between each taste bud.
I can still taste it
when I smell smoke
from a back yard.