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Between Families Between Families
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Morning Swim

dip a toe in
my mind a dull, blank slate
shocked by the temperature
Buddha would be proud
me in the moment
I crawl from one end to the other
rays of sun cracking through
my mind, waking, darts around
a pinball hitting subjects
ding!
But Buddha can't frown
besides I just got high score.

After a time, my mind settles into a routine
one, two, three, four, five
Breathe
stroke, kick, glide, push, turn
Breathe
and a subject,
presents itself:
you.

I picture you grinning
underwater
watching bubbles bursting
at the surface
forming a layer
of hot air bullshit
between you
and the living world above you
The skin of ice expands
thickens
protects you
down to earth
genuine
Your hair sways
and
the low rumble of bubbles bursting
is the only sound

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