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I watch, I listen
it comes naturally
I get into the water
I kick and flip over
Dog paddle
and breast stroke
I gasp for air
and choke
When flutters the Butterfly
I might as well Crawl
and forget Freestyle
It sounds quite easy
But a stone sinks
very easily.

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jaerose said…
What a delicately written piece..learning how to swim in this world is a tricky job..Jae
scape said…
i love the play with words...
and empathy with being a stone style swimmer
This poem is about swimming, but yet it is speaks to so much more than strokes in the water. Lovely!
PhotoDiction said…
You caught how I often feel in the water. I too, am a stone, destined to sink while my children seem to effortlessly float. I guess that's, in some ways, the way of progress. Or evolution ;)
Laura Maria said…
Love the last three lines!!
Anya said…
Lovely poem Hazel

hugs from us all
Anonymous said…
I really liked this, it was simply written but beautiful as well.
Ravenblack said…
A bit humorous when I picture it.I guess if one feels like a stone, it's very hard to be like a butterfly. Enjoyed this fun and light piece.
Hazel said…
@Ravenblack, I'm glad to learn I produce something humorous when I'm crazy. Almost everything around me has been insane recently. Wrote this piece gobbling up lunch and during a five-minute break at work yesterday.
Wendy said…
There are so many activities deemed easy. They should come naturally. For instance, I assumed all dogs could swim...until my dog nearly drowned the first time I took him out. There is danger in assumption, obviously :)
Swimming like a stone works for me. Sinking is easier than swimming. Great poem!
Ha ha, I can relate to this!

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