PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Doud Bolling’s poetry has appeared widely in literary reviews including Mid-America Review, Georgetown Review, Poem, Slant, Plainsongs, Fox Cry Review, Blue Unicorn, Crab Creek Review, Birmingham Review, Red Wheelbarrow, Mobius, Illuminations and others. He recently moved to the Chicago suburb of Flossmoor where he writes and gardens.


The Drowned Man Speaks

Nobody knew him
and the water said nothing
going its own way
as sun passed over
and evening waited its turn.

This was a lake where nothing
A small eye surrounded by fir
and blind to most things
swimmers did.

He rose to us after uncertain
days or hours.
A lump that drifted shoreward
in the simple breeze of summer
and came to rest at sand’s edge.

Death by water a voice said
but that had an odd sound as if
something old had lost its
way in some elegance of past

He is us another voice said and
we knew him. Knew his words would
Speak long after like echoes that
rise or fall somewhere in the
winds of mind, or soul.

John Everett Millais "Ophelia's death by drowning"