56 Lengths for Mama
Total of (1.4 Kilometers)
I learned how to breathe just yesterday.
I learned how to swim today.
Every length reminded me of each year you lived.
I reached one arm after the other -
reaching for time, reaching for hope.
One length after the other,
one year added to the other.
Further - further I go....
learning... and living... Thinking -
how swift the years go passing by....
The pool closes.
It has been an hour.
Today's swimming ended on my 56th length.
Yesterday I learned how to breathe
Today I learned how to live.