Swimming Home
by Scott Stoller

The boy becomes his father,
sneaking furtive walks before daylight,
smoking Burmas,
dreams of swimming home,
nothing to be gained
by pretending otherwise,
heaps curses on the rogues and idiots.
Everything is their fault,
right down to the fume soaked atmosphere
of their tiny cabin.

SOURCE: “Swimming Home” by Scott Stoller is based on page 41 of Absolute Friends by John LeCarré (Little Brown, 2003).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Scott Stoller’s work has appeared in many online and print journals and anthologies including Weave, decomP, Prick of the Spindle, and Best Contemporary Tanka. He’s a physician in the west suburbs of Chicago.