I saw one of those pharmaceutical ads on TV today. It opened with people playing at a swimming pool. The first line of this poem was my first reaction to the opening images.
They look like drowning ants
on the surface of the pool
stung by the cruelty of summer
Their pitch is far beyond
the limits of my hearing
Sgt Pepper’s whistle is now silence
The subtle changes in body language
are the signals I seek
I’ve left my secret decoder ring at home
Water, water everywhere
How do the rays swallow
as they angle their way into the ocean depths?
A whirlpool forms above the conduit
until the surface is clear
and the cement has dried
(18 March 2021)
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