I like to go to the pool when it's raining

because it’s always empty.
I think the pool is too wet

for most people at those
times. I couldn’t imagine

swimming with an umbrella
in one hand. I just swim

right on my back, looking
up at the rain. It’s kind of

magical, but I swear that
it never lands in my eyes.

Ron Riekki’s books include My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press), Posttraumatic (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle), U.P. (Ghost Road Press). He’s edited eight books, including Here (Michigan State University Press, Independent Publisher Book Award), and The Way North (Wayne State University Press, Michigan Notable Book). Right now, Riekki’s listening to Nick Cave's "The Ship Song (2010 Remastered Edition)."

See more of his work in 9.3 and 5.2 and 4.4 and Pocket Poems Anthology

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