“The Swimmer” by GNAY
A solitary bather stands on a diving board in 1954 gazing across Burrard Inlet towards 2018. “The Swimmer” is illuminated by an early summer evening sun as he prepares to dive. An empty beer bottle hints at either a celebration or a sorrow. The deserted pool deck and calm waters imbue a quiet solitude. Who is the “The Swimmer”? Is it me, or is it you? As John Cheever says, “He might have been compared to a summer’s day, particularly the last hours of one.” That sounds like me, but I’ve already taken the plunge, will you?
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