Summer at Twelve

The girls at the swimming pool,
sudden goddesses
in bathing suits, seemingly
deified overnight
then dressed
but barely covered
to us, full of mystery,
their bodies just learning
to curve, to giggle,
to capture our fascination
as we forget all else
and ride our bicycles
in wary, tightening circles
around them.

This is a reprint of work originally published in Potpourri.

Michael Meyerhofer’s fourth book, What To Do If You’re Buried Alive, was published by Split Lip Press. He is also the author of a fantasy series and the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review. His work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Rattle, Brevity, Tupelo Quarterly, Ploughshares, and many other journals. For more information and an embarrassing childhood photo, visit

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