The subway doors open at Columbus Circle
and the air on the platform is suddenly fresh.
Trees from Central Park, the dew of the morning,
the warming heat of August coming up from the damp grass.
And I am back at Indian Lake, at my grandpa’s place there,
playing with my cousins.
Sailboats at the dock, the pier stretching out like train tracks
into the blue-gray water around.
Me, terrified of the dull green grasses
that grow just off shore, hidden beneath the surface
of the water.
My dad, teaching me to swim so my face stay’d dry
and I could see where I was going without my glasses.
My mother, cool sipping from a fragile Martini glass
while she sits on a lawn chair, her feet up on a stool.
My grandmother in the house.
Fish caught by grandpa for supper,
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