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Doing laps, Syncopated crawl strokes, Strained butterfly motions, Double dolphin kicks, Breaststrokes. All gangly legs and arms, I glide just below the surface. Pool water sloshes cerulean. To one side then the other. Powerful motion heading to an unknown crescendo, Wave after wave smacks siding Between the laps I count. I forgot the number now. Under water, Sweet turns bitter. I drink the notes. I freestyle towards one end, Curl into a somersault, Touch a sidewall with one foot and then the other. I swallow the lap number, Rocket into stillness. I hear a voice above. I sense too much. I drive down to the bottom. At the deepest end I close the world and the words out. Alkaline and calcium hardness become a new skin.
Eleanor Kristan is a high school student with a keen interest in writing and reading poetry. She lives in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and is inspired by her environment when writing poetry.
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