Mapping the campus of Loughborough University – in poetry.

Aside

Open-Air Swimming Pool, Dug by Students, 1929-30

 

Shovels stroke on

sunken walls.

Liam Tancock doesn’t know

the rolled-up sleeves of spadework,

the wool coats’ collars in mist

against a backwash of trees.

 

Before the water, volunteers,

had tea for digging,

for stitching

the benches framing the edge and raising

a wind turbine.

 

His team never saw the detail of plans

hand-drawn: the fencing,

after the excavation,

down sweat lines.

 

The gala of dolphins:

a cascade

of divers,

water-braced,

against pitch ribs.

Motor-cars applauded

as they breast the avenue of careful poplars.

 

Now the coach sees information

streaming: his racer’s places moulded.

The solar light,

the second’s  heat, the hour’s crawl, the call

of pennants

down each sweet lane.

 

The dolphins wait in the car park

for a long-exposure photo,

a medal, in July.

The door of a changing-room slams in the wind.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s