Three Stages of Entering a Pool (Age 6) This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

1. I expect to grow a pair of fins,
wait impatiently in my sky-colored bathing suit
with polka dots
as my overprotective mother
smothers me in sunscreen,
SPF 75.
2. I adjust pink goggles,
inflate neon-orange water wings.
I dip my big toe into clear pool water.
Feels like the perfect temperature to
swim like a sleek dolphin,
or hunt for hidden pirate treasure.
3. I run into the pool,
create a big splash.
I notice that I have
not grown fins,
not turned into a mermaid,
but stand in the knee-high water,
surrounded by other children my age,
disappointed that I still have two arms,
two legs, and can’t breathe under water.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 17 at 1:54 am
i love this so much!
Miranda_K. said...
Mar. 9, 2012 at 7:57 am
This is so cute!
LoudDreamer said...
Nov. 20, 2011 at 11:58 am
Great work! This reminds me of when my dad used to take me to the pool as a little girl. It also kinda makes me think of my two year old sister, it's fun watching her splash around, wondering what she might be thinking. Maybe this is it. I also like how simple it is.
SuperEeks said...
Sept. 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm
WOW! I love this! It's like I'm the little kid in the poem! When I was that age, I would swim around and pretend that I was mermaid! Keep writing! I LOVE IT!
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