Three Stages of Entering a Pool (Age 6) MAG

By Kathryn H., Congers, NY

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.

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i love this so much!

on Mar. 9 2012 at 7:57 am
Miranda_K. BRONZE, Donora, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
I am only one, but still I am one; I cannot do everything but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do something I can do.

~ Edward E. Hale

This is so cute!

on Nov. 20 2011 at 11:58 am
Helena_Noel BRONZE, Burnt Hills, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way: The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.” -Edgar Guest

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.

on Sep. 23 2010 at 10:13 pm
SuperEeks SILVER, Farmington, Utah
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Favorite Quote:
Life is not about how many breaths you take,
it's about how many moment take your breath away.

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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