My little camera is too small to take super-sharp
action pictures. It's too dark in the Natatorium to get
clear shots of the swimmers at speed:
in natural light, they appear blurred, but when I
adjust the shutter speed, the light goes away.
However, I actually like some of the results, which I
use as reference for my drawings.
At times, the swimmers seem elongated,
becoming even more a part of the water.
I like to watch how the liquid moves and flows
around their bodies, separates and then
rejoins its fluid self as the swimmer
When I am swimming myself, I like
to see the water flowing past my goggles
when I turn to breathe; the more correctly
I am able to swim, the more
quickly the water seems to pass.
I actively look for it and know to adjust
my technique if it isn't happening.
And then ... and then, when I look at the bottom,
the water breaks the gridded tile into
facets and even the long black stripe becomes
diamonds, drifting away into a blur.
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