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Oh,I Just Wanted To Swim To The Other Side

Updated on July 16, 2010

The Water Feels So Good

As soon as I jump in I am in water heaven

My body is totally rejuvinated and fresh as a daisy in the sunshine

I simply forget the world around me

I am relaxed and so at ease

No place to go

The water surrounds my body on every side

This feeling I can not deny

So special to feel my body engulfed in life

Not a trouble or a thought out of place

The sun just so perfectly placed to light up everything I can see

The wind still neither blowing or whistling

The peacefulness and natures wonders our so magnificient

I am one with the water

As I swim with no direction in mind

I go farther and farther all the time

All my concentration is on my breathing and every sound I make

Nothing else matters

Only the comfort of bed of water that I could so easily go to sleep

Changing my stroke not to drift off too deep

Reminding myself I am in water and it is wonderful but to be careful too

I lay on my back to catch my breath

I kick my feet when I am ready to move again

I float from time to time

I drift from side to side

I sometimes swim in the different direction

Not concerned about where I am going

My body has done a full circle

I laugh as I am just having fun with every stroke

I try to let my mind go blank

That is silly so many other thoughts keep pouring in

Sound is all muffled as my head is half underwater

I turn again and what do I see

Land a little more distant than I had thought

I can turn around now and go back

I can continue on and get half way out in this lake

I can just enjoy what ever happens next

Once again my breathing is relaxed and strong

I push on with little effort

Since now my thoughts are fluttering with the sky

I have my eyes closed but I can see clearer than ever

I am motivated by exercise

I am driven by desire for wholeness and satisfaction

I am no longer deciding to turn back

I am going to push myself on to my own personal best

I am going to swim to the other side

How far it doesn't matter

I will take my time

I should of planned this better

I would of asked if I can swim to the other side

But I know the answer only to well

No No and that is silly just plain no

So I am on my own journey alone and at peace

I am not worried or scared

Since I can swim

I have confidence in myself

But what if ?

Now is not the time to think of that

I quickly dismiss that thought instantly

I must just relax and find my niche

So much joy and love in life to be found

I am seperated by water but then connected to all life

I swim with natures fish

How else can I be any closer to life and the living

I constantly look to see my surroundings and if I am on track

I see a sale boat pass me by

I say a friendly hello

I didn't hear any answer

So I am on with my swimming

Feeling so many little joys that I can not discribe

I feel every body part functioning well

Now I see a small motor boat coming closer

It is Richard to check on me

Shocked that I swam so far or just wondering why?

I am going to the other side

Others are worried !

If something happened !

I reassure you that I am fine

I relax and lay on my back from time to time

I catch my breath and keep swimming a little closer

He watches nearby to assist me

I continue on my swim to the other side

I reach it and start back out

I get a ride back by boat

Not to cause any more trouble that I am already in

Next time I will let you know and I will swim up and back

Today was a great day for a swim lets keep it that way

I head back home to where the swim began an hour ago

I am happy with the distance I covered

I face one mad face then another

They let me off the hook this time

Think before you swim should be the lesson I learned here today

It wasn't the brightest idea I have done

I have worried my mom and my wife

I had so much fun but I put my Aunt in a terrible spot

All is safe and thank God no harm done

I was just out for a swim and it turned out to be

A little longer than expected and I did a foolish thing

But I knew if I was going to swim today was the day

My body wanted in

I had fresh Blueberry pie for my prize

I surely didn't deserve

Today was one of those days

I just wanted to see how far I could swim



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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      Joy56 You have to be safe and one worng decision could cost you your life.A lesson learned the hard way.I won''t do that again.Luckily I got to tell my story where that person didn't.Thanx for caring and sharing.

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      6 years ago

      Saw a stranger washed up on the beach the other day..... someone had swam just a little too far.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Star Catcher Yes next time I will have to just be more convincing and have a group swim to the other side.I will think it through more to be safe always first.I will just swim in cirlces and let them count.Have a good swim for me today.

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      star catcher 

      8 years ago

      Great to do what you enjoy...But always think of the people you left behind how worried they may have been..even if they said NO your an adult you can still make your own choices !

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Dim Flaxenwick You really don't know how to swim?I will teach you.Everyone should know the joy of swimming.But I sure would of loved to see you in a boat beside me.You would of been my life saver..I would of avoided the confusion and would of been a lot safer and no one would of got mad. Joy 56 The lake is big enough to bring all your friends.It sounds like it would be wonderful wet fun.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      DoorMattnomore I was hoping everyone would hope in.I was enjoying the moment so well.Sometimes you can't do what you want to do.Other times you do what your not suppose to so you don't have to do it again.That is the longest swim I have ever done.I like pushing myself to the limit.Next time I will take more precautions just incase the unexpected happens.If I am allowed back again.Do you like to swim too? Thanks for the comment and enjoy your night.

    • Joy56 profile image


      8 years ago

      why did you not call me up, you know i love to swim?????

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      Oh , How lovely.!Loved the way you made it so ´real´as though I was swimming alongside you.(Though, I can´t swim. I´d have been in the boat.) take care x

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      8 years ago

      HA. Thats fantastic, I can just picture everyone so mad, but relieved, and maybe a little bit wishing they had gone for a swim too. If you had told them all, they wouldn't have ever let you go.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      Micky Dee Nice to see another floater float on in.There is nothing like a day on the water to restart the heart.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful! I used to love to play in the water. I say play because I never had water training except for the water survival beginner's course in Marine boot camp training. My shoulders are bad from injuries and arthritis but I can float for a long time. Congrats Sir!!!


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