Saturday, 18 August 2012
Mid-August heatwave afternoon beach; pebbled,
and I'm sweating so refresh in warm lake calm and shiny top flat,
but bubbled froth-like as it laps around my shoulders.
My hands strike through, straight and turn,
and brown skinned arms break through the green lighted water
as it quietly laps about me.
10 minutes -
I circle once and see the drift...
I pull forward,
the fresh soft water, unsalted, pulls me down.
I wouldn't float.
The noises of playthings nearby, and cries of babies...
15 minutes and I'm glad.
Still strike forward but turn larger circles of fresh once wild,
once mountain stream,
now valley torrent plunged deep
and rising years later.
20 minutes and I smile,
that satisfaction mounts;
what have I gained?