does the jellyfish float, watching
all the lapswimmers. Their arms carve
holes in the H
like a boat propellor. But their faces,
even better. . . . There’s the retired Captain
who’s had two heart attacks, goddammit,
and vowed to pummel his bulk up and down
one lane till he’s a welterweight. He’ll be
a specimen. Already his breath, expelled,
transforms his face, making it a silver mask
of exertion, hot-looking, demonic. . . .
His is the face one learns to hide, ambition
or fearface pure as an acetylene torch. . . .
And then the boy is forced to surface:
loud world, where laughter can be heard.