i was never too keen on swimming

it wasn’t as secure as walking

and far less common in the city i grew up in

where the way you walked could easily define you

the ground

i was used to

it was familiar

but i watched and wondered from many pool sides

to be fair

i admired the arms and legs

slicing through blue liquid

propelling cookie and cream bodies

that seemed to be so fearless


unconcerned with the possibility of


unlike me

so i watched

in fear and in longing

i only watched

it’s funny

i get the same feeling when i think of you

the same fear

the same longing


i’ve never been too keen on swimming

how about you?

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