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I am a cross between Tinkerbell and Calamity Jane.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Swim Lessons

There are those who try
to help us learn to swim --
they unburden us of pretense,
name our sorrows,
hear the silent screaming.

They give us tools:
show us strokes
demonstrate breathing,
help us put ourselves
back together again.
It's what they do.

They know.
For fifty minutes
they nudge and tug at us,
answer us back in our own voices,
swim to the center of the gene pool,
tread water, beckon us.

On good days we follow.
On days when we cannot
they swim back to us,
patiently wait
for our water wings to grow.

(c) 2002 Smokey Combs All Rights Reserved


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