Friday, April 03, 2020

Charles Waters - Watery Blue Ceiling

My grandfather with his almond colored
 belly protruding out from his burnt orange
swimming trunks stands on the diving board.

Our family is gathered around like baby calves
as we cheer him on chanting, “Go Pop Go!”
He cannonballs into the pool.

I’ve never seen him do anything remotely athletic before.

As he emerges from the watery blue ceiling we cheer
his smile – wider than the Amazon.

- Charles Waters, all rights reserved

It's a thrill for me to have Charles Waters back here at 30 Poets/30 Days. He's not only a powerful writer (and lovely guy), but he's also a top notch performer, and I cannot urge you strongly enough to go to his YouTube channel where he has 140 (!!!!) of his poems available for your viewing pleasure. 
And you should check out his books (both co-authored with Irene Latham): Can I Touch Your Hair and Dictionary for a Better World! You'll be glad you did.


Joanne R. Fritz said...

Thanks, Greg. I've been honored to meet Charles and see him perform in person (at the Highlights Foundation in 2017)! What an impressive performer. And a wonderful guy. We had a long chat one afternoon during downtime.

Stay healthy!

Charles Waters said...

Thanks for the shout out, Greg! By the way readers, we both share a birthday! Additional thanks for the kind words, Joanne! You're such a kind person. #pincuspower #fritzpower