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Poem: "A Swimmer's Mind" 

A Swimmer's Mind

LAP ONE: Did I close the garage door? I hope I closed the garage door.
Ugh, water up my nose.
Why do I have to share the lane with Captain Splashy McSplash Splash?

LAP TWO: I regret everything I ate for lunch... riding kind of high now.
I should eat healthier—quinoa, kale, cauliflower...
Who am I kidding. I'll probably just have a Kit Kat.

LAP THREE: Trump's face looks like it's made of Silly Putty. Weird.
Oh, God, I hope he doesn't get elected president.
Did I close the garage door?

LAP FOUR: Here comes Splashy McSplash Splash again. How can a person have
that much hair on his back. Gross.
My shoulder hurts now.

LAP FIVE: My goggles are foggy.
Is this my fourth or fifth lap? Shoot.
I have to catch up on Veep. I love that show.

LAP SIX: This water feels nice.

LAP SEVEN: Where should we go this weekend?

LAP EIGHT: That cloud looks like a Scottish terrier.

LAP NINE: stroke breath stroke breath stroke breath stroke breath

LAP TEN: I definitely closed the garage door.

—Barbara Sheffer

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