Learn to Swim (NaPoWriMo 12)

My most liked photo of 2017 was not taken by me.

Learn to Swim

Can you learn to swim from books?
I’ve never heard of it

In the newspaper clipping I am a child
Absolutely wailing in my water wings

I could never get the breathing right
I panic like Peter and sink

Under the weight of my own anxiety
Lead chain heavyweight sea bottom worry

What comes next?
The past, out of frame

The dock shrinking
Plank by plank

The sea ahead
Massive mystery

The only way you
Learn to swim is

Swim to learn

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