Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Swim for Life

Academic journal article The Hudson Review

Swim for Life

Article excerpt

for Mary Fisher

Crowds throng the creaking boardwalk to sign up

to swim from Long Point back to Provincetown,

a fundraiser for AIDS and women's groups.

Three seagulls levitate, then spiral down.

The atmosphere is festive, jovial,

a touch irreverent-we're all still here,

the sun is glorious, and after all,

these aging men in Speedos bear the scars,

these women in their wetsuits just as brave.

Old disco anthems pulsate as they stretch

and limber up, the glittering of waves

that lap in time along the pebbled beach,

a drag queen's overdone green eye shadow.

A stiff breeze riffles through the many names

on prayer ribbons draped above: "For Joe,"

I glimpse on one, "I miss you, Mary Jane"

entreats another. …

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