In the dark, two summers ago, my friends and I stood in my backyard staring up at the night sky. We were trying to catch a glimpse of the Perseids meteor shower, despite the light pollution. It was a new moon, clear out, and the shower was having a peak year. So we thought we might see something.
I honestly can’t remember if we did see anything – maybe one or two streaks of light – but an inkling of a poem had become caught in the orbit of my subconscious. A month later, I started writing.
NIGHT SWIM is a poem in which I tried to capture a certain experience of my favorite season- lazy heat and silken water, a dark expansive sky, a sense of both possibility and stillness, contentedness.
So I’m pleased to have NIGHT SWIM appear in Liminality’s Issue 12 – Summer 2017.
I hope you enjoy it, and that you’ll take a dip with me.
Some poem aesthetics.
The standalone photos (and 1 in the collage) are mine from my winter/spring trip to Iceland.* I swam in the Blue Lagoon in the late afternoon, but earlier in the trip, I did take a night swim at the Secret Lagoon. It was the most magical night of my life, floating in the hot water, watching the aurora borealis literally dance and change colors in long ribbons unfurling overhead. Of course, the only camera I had at the time was my phone.
*Most of the photos in collage not mine -some free use, some Pinterest. **Special thx to Sarah Goldberg for pushing me on my imagery & diction. Supplement: (Music) Meet Me by the Water | Rachel Yamagata (Music) Details in the Fabric | Jason Mraz (Music) Stay Low | Ryn Weaver