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Do you know how to swim?
Most people do…these days;
And, just how did you learn?
For there are many different ways.

Some had an instructor,
At their local Rec Center;
It was the ‘cool’ thing to do,
Someone with a Red Cross badge was their mentor.

Or maybe it was at Summer Camp,
Where you learned all the basics;
You learned how to get your face wet,
How to breathe and how to kick.

“Oh, I learned with the fellas,
“Down at Bartlett’s Pond;
“We just jumped right in,
“And, were swimming…before long!”

Then, there’s the old-fashioned way,
And, certainly not what I’d recommend;
An adult would simply throw you in,
Then, it was sink or swim!

I’ll not tell you…how I learned,
Because…I never did;
And, for years and years…I told nobody,
This truth…I kept hid.

But, sooner or later…the truth comes out,
We can’t forever hide it;
To avoid the subject…too much trouble,
Trying to…you might just as well quit!

As a matter of fact, it’s good,
To know how to swim;
You just never know when it’s needed,
It might prevent someone from becoming a victim.

Go out…get those SWIMMING LESSONS,
You’ll be glad that you did;
Then, you’ll no longer have a secret,
One that must be kept hid!


July 7, 2004

Aimee Love

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