Grandchildren in the Pool

Grandchildren in the Pool


Come whenever you want!  We don’t have to be here!

A blessing – our house theirs.

Giddy summer laughter.  Whirlpool wild.  Too much fun to fight against.  Waves of water over the side.

I feel peace when I get home, knowing that they’ve been here, pizza slices floating in the water.

John L. Stanizzi

John L. Stanizzi is author of the full-length collections – Ecstasy Among Ghosts, Sleepwalking, Dance Against the Wall, After the Bell, Hallelujah Time!, and High Tide – Ebb Tide.  His poems have appeared in Prairie SchoonerAmerican Life in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, Paterson Literary Review, The Cortland Review, Rattle, Tar River Poetry, Rust & Moth, Connecticut River Review, Potomac Review, and many others.  He’s been translated into Italian and appeared in El Ghibli, in the Journal of Italian Translations Bonafinni, and Poetarium Silva.  His translator is Angela D’Ambra.  His new collection, CHANTS, a memoir in sonnets, will be out in 2018 with Cervena Barva Press.  His full-length collection, Sundowning, has just been completed and is looking for a home.  John has read and venues all over New England, including the Mystic Arts CafĂ©, and the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Mystic Arts Gallery, Hartford Stage, and many others.  A former New England Poet of the Year, John teaches literature at Manchester Community College in Manchester, CT and he lives with his wife, Carol, in Coventry, CT.



Unknown said…
Loved John's poem. Our backyard pool was our best investment since we retired to Florida. Our two "Glam Girls" leave us with little clues to their fun in the water after their visits too.

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