Swimming Through Summer

Judy Brackett

On endless summer afternoons,

we set out to swim through the fields

toward the ends of the Earth,

maybe walk partway on our hands

as our father liked to do—

pennies, nickels, dimes,

cellophane-wrapped mints 


from his pockets, 

his pantlegs ruffling

up to his knees—

and hours later we would wade our way home 

to the long evenings, and he would try to teach us how—

something like a frog squat,

palms spread on the grass,

knees propped on our upper arms/elbows,

our legs slowly reaching for sky,

and we’d wobble there a few dizzy moments

then we’d float through the twilight to supper, coins

jingling in our pockets, mints and clover

on our tongues, lightning-bug smears on our foreheads,

our heads damp-cloudy with downside-up wonders.

Kay Bradner, Ten Birds


Many talented individuals are featured in the West Marin Review. Please click below for this volume’s contributors.

    • Kay Bradner   Ten Birds
    • Cathy Rose   Balance
    • Jackie Garcia Mann   Bolinas Bound
    • Michael Sykes   Leaving for Italy
    • Dave Stamey   To Steelhead Lake
    • Joan Thornton   Two Short Stories
    • Barbara Heenan   On Religion: Oklahoma City
    • G. David Miller   Prepare for Landing
    • Kaitlyn Gallagher   The Blows
    • Cynthia Fontaine Reehl   What It Takes
    • Molly Giles   Next Time
    • Paul Strohm   Masculinities
    • Brooke Williams   Post-Election Walkabout
    • Tobi Earnheart-Gold   Untitled
    • Mary Winegarden   Between Birth and Song
    • Ariel Wish   Through Motions
    • Nancy Cherry   All My Biographies Are Lies
    • Stephen Ajay   Giving
    • Karen Benke   Spring Cleaning
    • Lisa Piazza   Here
    • Barry Roth   Henry Evans Poppies
    • Thomas Hickey   Monk’s Empty Eye
    • Satchel Trivelpiece   Oh, Animals
    • David Swain   Dead Reckoning
    • Robert Hass   DANCING
    • Deborah Buchanan   A Bowl’s Circumference
    • Prartho Sereno   Emergency Lock-Down Drill
    • Dave Seter   Douglas Iris
    • Judy Brackett   Swimming Through Summer
    • Gina Cloud   Ken
    • Kay Bradner   Ten Birds
    • Christa Burgoyne   Small Barn and Late Afternoon “C” Street
    • Lissa Nicolaus   Country Road
    • Kimberly Carr Harmon   Wooded Gate
    • Emmeline Craig   Living on the Edge
    • Matthew Polvorosa Kline   Tule Elk at Dawn, Point Reyes National Seashore
    • Elizabeth Gorek   Forgotten Summer
    • Susan Hall   California Twilight
    • Sandy White   Roy’s Redwoods
    • Jaune Evans   Fog Heaven
    • Isis Hockenos   Side Street Chickens #1 & #2
    • Caitlin McCaffrey   Biggie’s Vision
    • Marius Salone and Sofia Borg   Young Red Onions
    • Lily Andrews   Hummingbird
    • Susan Putnam   Untitled #261
    • Amanda Tomlin   Laird’s Boathouse
    • Jani Gillette   You Wearing You
    • Christel Dillbohner   Iridescent Cloud
    • Philip Bone   Three Masks
    • May Ta   Somber Summer
    • Toni Littlejohn   Fire Under Ice
    • Xander Weaver-Scull   Arctic Peregrine Falcons
    • Grace Nichols and Belle Nichols Southworth   Letters from Bolinas
    • Julia Edith Rigby   Waste in Paradise
    • Van Waring   Coastal Cross Section
    • Rich Clarke   Kehoe Morning
    • Johanna Baruch   Enthymesis
    • Michel Venghiattis   Lili Marlene
    • Glenn Carter   Night of the Falling Flower/Lucid N13-2
    • Sherrie Lovler   Crossroads
    • Mary Siedman   Bolinas Beach
    • Jon Ching   Flowers in Her Hair
    • Mark Ropers   Bound for Kilkenney Beach
    • Mary K. Shisler   Wabi Sabi Tulips
    • Richard Kirschman   Bogside Remembered
    • Patricia Connolly   Late Afternoon at McInnis
    • Bob Kubik   Fox
    • Cathy Rose   Accept and Balance
    • Anne Faught   Coming Together