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  77.     

The Descent Of Alette ['The Water' 'Of The River']

'The water' 'of the river' 'was mild-temperatured,' 'the current
gentle' 'I soon began' 'to swim—' 'in a moonless,' 'starless darkness'
'The sky held no clouds—' 'no luminous' 'spheres existed here'
'Yet the sky was' 'a sky; ' 'for the river air' 'was fresh & sweet'
'Then,' 'as I swam,' 'the others I contained—' 'my companions
from the subway—' 'weightlessly' 'emerged from me,' 'looking
shadow-like,' '& quickly' 'solid-bodied' 'began to swim with me'
'I never really' 'saw their faces' 'We swam quietly,' 'concentrating,'
'our motions almost synchronized' 'In the distance sat' 'small yellow
lights' 'where presumably' 'the other shore lay' 'Partway across'
'the river,' 'something else, a substance,' 'a state of being,'
'a thick noxious' 'distress' 'in the form of' 'a gray cloud,'
'welled up within me' '& left my body' 'from a point along' 'my spine'
'The cloud' 'hovered near us' '& so we turned onto' 'our backs to
watch it' 'It was full of' 'ghoulish faces,' 'phosphorescent' 'death's
heads; ' 'one skull grew large' '& open-mouthed' 'It had long' 'glowing
hair,' 'screamed as if' 'in terror,' 'then spoke' 'to me:'
' 'We are dying' 'You are killing us' 'killing us'' 'The cloud exploded'
'into greenish flame' 'which was soon consumed' 'by darkness'
'We turned over' '& resumed' 'our swimming'
 
Alice Notley

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  78.     

Advanced Swim Lesson

Advanced Swim Lesson

I remember when you and I took our first lesson
You wore purple and green your hands happily splashing
The water was warm and grandpa, now gone was watching
I hear your laughter. Your little blue eyes were flashing

Next year we found an indoor pool to work on technique
I held you above the water or you played on the stair
Your smile floating on the water as we kicked our feet
Our weekend pool time special and rare

Next we found the summer swim lessons in Round Lake
Each Sunday in the summer we would swim before seven
We met life guards who were returning to medical school
Your mermaid skills increased and the water was heaven

Now after three years of lessons you can dive off the board
This year I registered you for the advanced swim class
Watching you swim among those eight year olds
Brings back memories of the mommy and me class.
 
Stephanie Eve Kane Arado

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Super Fish Thorpe

I wish I were like Thorpe
The super fish that has now retired
No longer to challenge the rest of the world
For their swim records
For Thopie has broken them all
I wish I were like Thorpie
With his gargantuan size 17 feet
And his brace of medals
From The Commonwealth to the Olympiads
I wish I were like thorpie
The supermodel
Gracing the catwalks with his own clothing line
And his million-dollar enterprise
I wish I were Thorpie
So I could swim and swim and swim
Instead of always sitting on the sidelines
Of The pool
Waiting for everyone, watching everyone else
Enjoying themselves
For alas I can’t swim!
 
Kaci Tami

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Susie Maroney

You've heard about the great Susie Maroney
Australians feel proud at the mention of her name
The first to swim from Cuba to the U.S.
She's in her prime and in the hall of fame.

It has been said that they make them tough in Sydney
But Susie is the toughest one of all
In centuries from now sporting historians
The greatness of her great swim will recall.

You've heard of the Aussie swimmer Kieren Perkins
In news headlines of his feats we were told
But he has never swam from Cuba to Florida
Although in pool he's won olympic gold.

When Susie Maroney swam from Cuba to Florida
Such fearlessnes and courage she displayed
She's been feted in the U.S. and Australia
And she's been worthy of each accolade.

In centuries from now she'll be remembered
She did what never had been done before
She swam the ocean all the way from Cuba
And made it safely to the U.S. shore.
 
Francis Duggan

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