A gift of Island poetry

Bren Simmers

Curated by Deirdre Kessler

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Strollers stake out shady maples
   while kids ride noodles
      in the wading pool,
bob in water wings.
Moms up to their
   knees cool off, while
      tweens sight targets
with Super Soakers.
Shrieks, splashes, running in
   and out in T-shirts, shorts.
      Nothing like free water
in summer. The beach
too far to walk. This park a shared
   backyard, erases divides, draws
       zebra foals and lion pups
to the watering hole.

—Bren Simmers, Hastings Sunrise, Nightwood Editions, 2015.

Deirdre Kessler selects a poem a month by an Island poet for The Buzz.

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