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the cement around the pool

is steaming in the heat

of the early evening sun

a baby in pink plastic goggles

laughs over and over

belly laughs

as daddy tosses her in the air and catches her

a seagull calls overhead

and like a bustling housewife

she doesn’t have time to play

looking for a fish or crust of bread

for dinner

happy muted conversation

comes from a couple

sitting, huddled at a nearby table

her hair and eyelashes still dripping water

the tip of her nose red and shiny with sunburn

I can tell whatever they’re talking about is meant to be secret

wet, bare feet

clap clap clapping

on turquoise tiles

moist palm tree shade

interrupted by dappled light

from English ivy growing

like weeds up the base of the trees

like some fairytale beanstalk

reaching for the giant’s kingdom

the heady scent of jasmine, soil, and chlorine

mixed with french fry grease

reminding me of a carnival

seals are barking in the marina

just beyond the pool

sailboats lazing by

but from where I sit

I only see the tops.


~Melissa Placzek 2011

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  6 comments for “pool

  1. July 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    you are so amazing. seriously. <3

    • Melissa
      July 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      oh my. really? I feel like I’m really putting myself out there posting these. Thanks for the compliment!

  2. Dana
    July 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Leisa, I *LOVE* this! The mix of fact-statements with the allusion to fairy tail beanstalks… it’s the perfect way to describe a scene, a memory, the feelings. You capture it! I wasn’t there, but I know you’ve captured it. You have brought your Six Senses Saturdays into your poetry, and it’s all-encompassing and complete. Keep sharing your poetic heart. It makes me happy!!!! XOXO

    • Melissa
      July 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      awe! thanks! that means so much to me. XO

  3. Chantelle
    July 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Thanks for bringing me to the pool with you! The only thing that could have made that better is if I had the ability to read with my eyes closed….any chance of putting that on tape for me? 😉

    • Melissa
      July 15, 2011 at 9:15 am

      sure! 🙂

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