Swim – A Poem

Plunge into the icy blue.

Stretch whole body long

Feet flutter

Underwater.

Arms create the

S cross top,

Pulling

Hands like paddles.

Rhythmic breaths

Blowing bubbles

That tickle the belly.

A Black Line

Guiding

Rolling head up through

Skimming, rolling waves.

Bright yellow, blue lane

Dividers containing

Your race,

Your progress,

Boundaries allowing

Freedom to move

At your pace.

Not knowing

Or seeing what anyone

Else is doing or being.

Who are you in your

Lane as the world

Changes,

Lives end,

Lungs collapse?

Can you keep moving in

A pool of

Despair without

Being swallowed

Whole?

Accept the

Depth of darkness.

Breech the surface

Of abandonment.

Inhale

fresh perspectives.

Exhale

Hostage held truths.

The wall of awe

Awaits

At a distance.

Swim like

Lives

Depend on

The wake

that love

Passion

Create.

Laura Staley
Laura Staleyhttp://www.cherishyourworld.com
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla.

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    • Thank you so much for all your kind and enthusiastic words. I’m very grateful, Darlene. I love to swim, especially when I discovered I no longer had to swim to prove something or earn a trophy. When we realize there are activities that just feel like JOY when we do them, that’s such a liberation. I will continue to tag you, my friend! I appreciate you. :)

  1. The wake

    that love

    Passion

    Create. Laura I love it when you write poetry. It is an art I never mastered. You have to know by now that I am not one to be in any certain lane. I will be sharing this my friend.

    • Thank you so much, Larry. I rarely actually “swim” in one lane either as I have a cornucopia of interests and passions from spirit animals, to feng shui, to emotional health, healing trauma, and so much more. I appreciate your kind words and that you’re choosing to share it with your friends and colleagues. Thank you.

    • Yes! I learned to swim at a very young age. I then participated beginning at age 6 on the summer swim team of our community. I swam on the men’s swim team in high school because our town hadn’t quite gotten it together for girl’s high school athletics (even though Title 9 was enacted). I swam competitively in college for one year. After that I finally found the freedom of swimming for the joy of being in the water, the moving meditation this became. I did compete in several triathlons as an adult-not focused on winning but on participating for the fun of it-the exhilaration. Thank you for asking, JoAnna!! I love being in the water!! I hope you get to be in your aunt’s pool this summer!!

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