Monday, August 17, 2015

Poolside--By Marlene Million--United States


Turquoise pool invited splash! Spotting
teen-agers plunging off diving board,
I stretched zig-zag printed towel atop
chase, and lathered oil over limbs.

Radio tunes herald leisure. Tiny toddler
in polka-dotted bikini munched cheesy chips.
Baby brother floated in canopied tube;
young girl lost green goggles.

Settling, I pulled can from cooler,
as ice cubes rattled to bottom. Ah, cold
liquid soothed parched throat, while
sun's sultry radiance sizzled!

Sweating under hot rays, I rise for a dip.
Sunshine sparkling over water like
sprinkled diamonds, soft wind whisks.
Wrapped in summer's heat. . .

I dive into cool refreshment.

Marlene Million is a retired insurance secretary from her husband's business and grandmother of four. She has published two chapbooks and belongs to several writers’ groups. She had a poem on display at Indianapolis Arts Garden the month of February, 2013 and has been published in a variety of venues.


  1. love this - beautiful descriptions

  2. Just beautiful, Marlene! You paint little scenes which then form a larger whole picture, in the process appealing to our senses. Excellent final line. // paul

  3. Thank you all for your kind comments! I enjoy watching my grandchildren have fun
    in the pool, and will remember pool antics during the blast of winter : ) Take care, Marlene

  4. nice, i am a pool devotee myself

  5. You brought summer fun to life in your refreshing poem Marlene. I love pools. Enjoyable to read. Good wishes, Chris~