One Poem by William Conelly

Still in the Swim

With respects to Stevie Smith

Dad stops to wave in empty space.
The pool’s handrail is further on.
The pool’s gutter will be soon,
him plashing, wondering where it’s gone.

Is Dad dismayed to wave or drown?
The man’s dispassionate at worst.
At ease with the unwatered truth,
he treads there stoically, immersed.



After military service, William Conelly took both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English at UC Santa Barbara. Unrelated post-grad work followed, before he returned to academia in 2000. Since then, he’s served in both America and the UK as an associate professor, tutor and seminar leader in writing and English Studies. With dual citizenship, he and his wife now reside primarily in the West Midlands town of Warwick. The Able Muse Press published an assortment of his verse titled Uncontested Grounds in 2014. It may be reviewed at their website or via Amazon.

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