MAPPING THE CITY: DC Places, Part
THE INDOOR POND
Wells Ice Rink, College Park, MD
The ice is colder than the air,
its vapor invisible on the red mouth
of the black-clad lady skating
in the smooth center
where sunlight barely penetrates.
Oblivious to the gaggle of kids
skating a wobbly orbit around her,
she figures in concentric precision,
lean black arms embracing the taut torso
as it descends and revolves,
a black leg flicking out a steel blade
that severs forced air, slices pale sunlight.
The strong lithe body glides as if borrowed
from memory, carrying as it does—
crystal glass upon a silver tray—
the ancient head, face masked snow-white,
white wisps of hair clutching the scalp
—the two-aged skater twirling
toward a vanishing center.
Tom Lachman grew
up in Laurel, MD, and now lives in Takoma Park. He has been awarded
a fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and his poems
have been published in The Pedestal, Delaware Poetry Review,
Ghoti, and Euphony.
in Volume 11, Number 4, Fall 2010.