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Richard Lighthouse

this poem can swim

i trained her well.
behind kickboards,      at first.
splashing.                 exuberant.    fresh.

daily practice.            a little further.

then, trips                 from       the edge.
cautious return.          gaining confidence.
never far from            safe.

       then,                 diving under.
inhale and                 surface.
growing in                 conviction.

in long strokes           flooding the senses.
outstretched arm,       pulling thru papered

                               no more fear.
                               no disbelief.
                               nothing        held back.

      this poem           can swim.

©2006 by Richard Lighthouse

Richard Lighthouse is a contemporary writer and poet, and has traveled all over the world. He is also an inventor, artist, pilot, and musician. He holds an M.S. from Stanford University. His work has been published in West Hills Review: A Walt Whitman Journal, Red Cedar Review (Michigan State University), Mudfish, and many others journals worldwide.

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