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  • Writer's pictureMartin Cathcart Frödén

Taking My Son Swimming Again

Push off


Old enough to go on his own

But new place

New language so I sit


Breathe


Eyes smarting from the chemicals

Other parents relieved

To return to fruit ninja


Breathe


Fruit tetris

Fruit of their loins

Encased in chlorinated blue


Breathe


Fruitful week behind them

Stretching out in front

Hardly noticing


Breathe


Wood warmed by tax contributions

And a reluctant sun

His shoulders


Breathe


I hope/fear will be broader than mine

We will go together next week

His hands meet end tile


Breathe



Cover photo by Clark Tai.


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