The Last Swim of Summer

Anne Whitehouse

            In memory of Irvin Siegal

On Labor Day night
the swimming pool in Central Park
shimmers like a pale blue eye
suspended in dense green foliage.
Just a few swimmers left,
soaking it all in before the closing.
Always there are those who linger,
not yet ready for farewell
despite the late hour,
who take all the joy they can
from the cool water, the warm air,
as if they were floating in eternity.


Anne Whitehouse is pleased to be appearing in riverbabble once again. She is the author of a novel, Fall Love, just published in Spanish translation as Amigos y amantes, as well as six poetry collections — The Surveyor’s Hand, Blessings and Curses, Bear in Mind, One Sunday Morning, The Refrain, and her new volume, Meteor Shower, published by Dos Madres Press in 2016. Recent honors include winner of the 2016 Songs of Eretz poetry prize, first prize in the 2016 RhymeOn! poetry contest, 2016 Poems of gratitude award, and second prize in 2016 F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum poetry contest.

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