Raven Elite

United States

INTP-T | swimmer | flutist | Taurus | songwriter |
constant writer's block
started 6/23/20

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You Can't Write A Poem About Swim Meets

June 23, 2020

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Splish, Splash.
Woosh.
Entering a swim meet is like entering a whole different universe
 There are yells and shouts echoing around you
The smell of chlorine wafting through every nook and cranny
There is too much to be anticipated
Coach yells for us to get down to our designated lanes to start warm up
One at a time we jump in, enveloping ourselves in ice-bucket cold water
Each minute is a ticking time bomb
Ready to explode at any moment 
As we hop out and dry ourselves off
We sit together in a group
Our nerves ricocheting off the walls, rebounding at us
As they slowly begin to call one name at a time
I hear my name being called 
I edge towards the door with all the girls in my heat
My mind a crazy swirl of thoughts
The whistle sounds, and before I know it I’m standing on the block
My reflection stares back at me in the deep blue abyss
Yearning for me
The beep sounds
It slaps me into motion, pulling my body into a taut streamline and pushing off
I hit the water, and there’s silence.
It ends as soon as my head pops above water 
My arms and legs fall into a rhythmic pace
The shouts telling you to go faster won’t stop
One lap, then another, and other
Time inches slow as a caterpillar, but also fast as a cheetah 
Everything inside of you is burning up and nothing is real
You see the block in the distance
Some of your friends cheering you on 
You slam into the block, and everything is over.


 

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4 Comments
  • ElsaRee

    I loved the imagery! Great work!


    5 months ago
  • Jasmine khawar

    Wow!! This is so amazing!! :)


    5 months ago
  • løne wølf

    Yay, the vivid descriptions are gorgeous! <3


    5 months ago
  • sunny.v

    oh my gosh I used to be a swimmer too and this brought EVERYTHING back aaaaa lovely!


    5 months ago