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The Summer You Learned to Swim 

The Summer You Learned to Swim

                       for Lea

The summer you learned to swim
was the summer I learned to be at peace with myself.
In May you were afraid to put your face in the water
But by August, I was standing in the pool once more
when you dove in, then retreated to the wall saying
You forgot to say Sugar! So I said Come on Sugar, you can do it
and you pushed off and swam to me and held on
laughing, your hair stuck to your cheeks—
you hiccupped with joy and swam off again.

And I dove in too, trying new things.
I tried not giving advice. I tried waking early to pray. I tried
not rising in anger. Watching you I grew stronger—
your courage washed away my fear.

All day I worked hard thinking of you.
In the evening I walked the long hill home.
You were at the top, waving your small arms,
pittering down the slope to me and I lifted you high
so high to the moon. That summer all the world
was soul and water, light glancing off peaks.
You learned the turtle, the cannonball, the froggy, and the flutter
And I learned to stand and wait for you to swim to me.

Michael Simms


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jasmine on my mind

This is my all-time favourite summer song - summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing like the jasmine in my mind...

twinkling my toes in Lake Superior in 1972; I was five and the living was easy...Jana


watch this space

Do you remember those last few days of school before the summer holidays? The waiting, oh, the's a photo of Paul (aka Bampy) and Auby watching out for summer...just over the horizon on this cool day at Semaphore beach.

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