Children's Pool

by | Jan 15, 2013 | Poetry

We came expecting to see little children,

kids in sunhats, scooping wet sand into buckets,

burying their bodies underneath the sea earth.

Instead, we found fat seals, whole families

of the round, white creatures laying there

on the beach as if it were theirs.

A crowd had gathered around us to watch them:

the moms and dads and pups, all spotty and slick,

not dead, but still. From above the beach, they looked

like gray rocks with whispery white hairs.

I stood with my yellow bucket in my right hand,

pink ruffles on my suit. I watched my mom

watch them, the thirty or so seals she wasn’t

expecting. I’d like to come back as one of those,

she said, and pointed to the one at the center,

sand stuck to his belly, nose hairs twitching in hot breeze.








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About The Author


Emily Lake Hansen is the author of Home and Other Duty Stations (Kelsay Books, 2020) and the chapbook “The Way the Body Had to Travel” (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Up the Staircase Quarterly, SWWIM Every Day, Stirring: A Literary Collection, and The Shore among others. She lives in Atlanta where she is a PhD student at Georgia State University and an instructor of English at Agnes Scott College.