Terrance Wedin: Endless Bodies

Bigger Splash


stripped the pool of summer days

learning to swim, sink, lounge

search tan legs down a chaise

            build a diving board surrounded

by shrubs: this is where I found

endless bodies, warm

divorced of fantasy from breathing

chlorine and watching thunder hours

at the bottom, waiting for lungs

to adjust to the particulars

of treading in love young,

escape found later evenings

in empty apartments television

loud so our mistakes seemed quiet

disasters like lost bikini tops

and bottoms pale/burnt

promises left me wishing

for lightning to close me open

Terrance Wedin is a professional bartender and an adjunct instructor at Columbus College of Art and Design. His work has appeared in Esquire, Ninth Letter, Hobart, New World Writing, Smartish Pace, and other publications.