(Dedicated to Daniel Varga, Hungarian Olympic water polo forward
and contemporary painter in 2012)
-Martina D. Robinson
what sort of scenes
you opt to paint
out of the pool,
removed from the athletically permitted violence
that marks water polo
to my novice eyes.
Did you cover canvas after canvas
in pool blue as you recovered from
“at least one shoulder surgery in recent years”
according to nbcolympics.com.
Or did you shun
every shade from cerulean to azure,
choosing to invoke aridity instead
until you could return to familiar wet.