Swimming, Swope Park, 1971


Picnic baskets spilled, sticky pop gone flat,

salty, soggy chips, peanutbuttermesses,

sunburn noses, jammed thumbs,

toes skinned on the bottom of the pool.


Chairs and towels, whining boys,

impatient sisters lost in parking lot reflections,

sun like murder.


At the edge of the pool

mothers gaze on water nymphs

in flashing waves.

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Patrick Dobson

Patrick Dobson was founded in 1962. He is a writer, scholar, ironworker, and poet who lives in Kansas City, MO. He is author of two books with the University of Nebraska Press, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). Dobson is a work in progress until termination.

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