Saturday, December 21, 2013

Thoughts While Swimming Laps

The water flows around me as I swim,
The way your eyes followed 
the rise and curve of my breasts 
below the neckline of my dress.
I'm glad to have that one treat, 
that bit of warmth to give you,
Wishing your eyes had been your hands,
slipping gently over my body.
Like the water, as I swim, 
over and around,
My love for you rises in clouds of happy 
laughter to greet the stars.

Yeah, yeah, I know I'm supposed to be watching the clock,
keeping track of my time as I swim.
I get lost when I try to follow the clock  and the coach's 
instructions and always end up miscalculating 
the elapsed time. It takes me approximately twenty-two strokes 
to swim 25 meters in about twenty-five seconds, 
so I try go by that and am really disappointed 
when it takes longer. Inevitably, that is what happens
and I end up taking about twenty-five strokes. Damn. 

Being in the water is a sensual experience and,
having been away from the pool for nearly a week,
I was happy to be able to jump into a lane the other night
and feel the water flow around my body, and to
enjoy the physical effort of swimming ...
and to also enjoy those times when the water,
the lights, and the prismatic colors conspire to help me out 
by giving me an idea for a drawing, or whatever.
Now if they would only conspire to help me learn the clock.


William Kendall said...

I swim four or five times a week on campus. It clears the mind, and it's great exercise.

Speedway said...

Hello, William. Thank you for your kind comments. I'm sorry I don't always respond, but it's because I swim about four times a week and get home at an hour when I don't want to mess much with my blog.
Dunno why, but I don't feel much like typing at that point in time.

I want to add a fifth day at the beginning of the year (Next week!) using at least one night just to do distance w/o any thought or concern for the time. I want to be able to swim 2-1/2 miles by the end of the summer, and to swim a half mile in under 30 minutes. I've got my work cut out for me, but I think the goal is do-able. As a result, I expect to lose about 50 add'l pounds and to strengthen my body/endurance by a substantial amount. But you won't catch me, ever, climbing a rock wall.