“Lessons from Swimming” by Lida Broadhurst





Children swim back and forth

in the pool, their skins mirroring

greens and blues, as if slowly,

slowly, they are changing into aliens.

Their hands and arms slice the water into runes,

shaping messages to ancient gods.


Wisely, their legs just kick and thrust,

not as elegantly as horses, but

with power enough to pound an escape.


Lida Broadhurst
lives in Oakland, CA and has been published in a variety of venues.


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