Geraldine Connolly


The Summer I Was Sixteen - Poem by Geraldine Connolly

The turquoise pool rose up to meet us,
its slide a silver afterthought down which
we plunged, screaming, into a mirage of bubbles.
We did not exist beyond the gaze of a boy.

Shaking water off our limbs, we lifted
up from ladder rungs across the fern-cool
lip of rim. Afternoon. Oiled and sated,
we sunbathed, rose and paraded the concrete,

danced to the low beat of "Duke of Earl".
Past cherry colas, hot-dogs, Dreamsicles,
we came to the counter where bees staggered
into root beer cups and drowned. We gobbled

cotton candy torches, sweet as furtive kisses,
shared on benches beneath summer shadows.
Cherry. Elm. Sycamore. We spread our chenille
blankets across grass, pressed radios to our ears,

mouthing the old words, then loosened
thin bikini straps and rubbed baby oil with iodine
across sunburned shoulders, tossing a glance
through the chain link at an improbable world.


Comments about The Summer I Was Sixteen by Geraldine Connolly

  • Rookie Susan Christiansen (9/29/2008 1:46:00 PM)

    Hello! I loved the imagery. It brought back many memories of some of my much younger days. Beautiful! Sue (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Babasaheb Salve (9/1/2006 4:11:00 AM)

    beautiful piece, keep moving ahead
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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