Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Poem: First Day

first day 

varies year to year dependent on weather

rainy cool nights bring the chill

postpone the expectations

pool lounge laziness 
first day cloudless, slight breeze

kids run/walk to diving board

minimal bounce hurls them shrieking

arm flail, half tuck, cannonball burbles 
she saunters to shallow end, dips the toe

lowers one step, and another

pale legs shimmer, as she oozes

breath intake as slight splash cools  
small of the back

she initiates plunge immersion

emerges renewed, winter memory erased

adjusts bathing strap, leans back to float


first day of summer declared
by Joanne Faries


  1. Nice! Just what we needed to beat the first of triple digit days. My Grands did the Cannonball for the first time straps are still in the drawer...immersion and floating will have to wait for warmer toe tests. Fun reading!
    Sue at CollectInTexas Gal

  2. Oh, I got a shiver at the cold water on the small of my back part - I hate that so much. I'm ready for summer, but summer isn't ready for me just yet!

  3. What I wouldnt give for a day at the beach or by the pool :) We still have winter to get through over here :(

  4. This captures well the onset of summer at the pool. Makes me want to dive in.

    Tossing It Out

  5. Nice! You captured the first day at a pool just right.

    The times I most enjoyed our pool were right after cutting the grass. Heated almost to the point of instantaneous combustion, I'd fall in and let the steam rise from my body. (Okay, slight exaggeration.) But, I'm sure if our neighbors heard the noises I made, they'd think some hanky panky was going on.

  6. Hello Joanne. Just stopping in to meet you. Julie and Susan (from Old Broads) sent me here. :-) This is a wonderful poem. After the winter we had, having it be warm enough to get in the pool seems like a miracle.