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I Don’t Want To Swim

I don’t want to swim.
I don’t like swimming.
I can’t hold my breath long enough like everyone else,
But I’m not strong enough to climb out of the pool.
The other people like me are.
They just have a ladder.
The ladders are blocked and disappear for me.
You just push me back in.
Saying; “Just keep going”
I can’t keep going.
I only got in the pool because you said it would be fun.
It’s not fun for me anymore.
I don’t know if it ever was fun for me.
Because I’m not you.
I don’t like swimming.
I don’t want to swim.
I never wanted to swim.
I wanted to run.
I want to run.
But you don’t like running,
So instead I should swim.
Swimming is fun, and good for you.
Running is just boring.
It’s not as exciting.
I don’t know why you would be happy with just running,
It just seems like a waste.
And it’s the same thing really,
Just with water.
And water just makes it better really.
So just keep swimming.
And it’s ok to take a rest.
As long as you only rest for 2 minutes, while practicing holding your breath so you can dive deeper, like the rest of the kids.
And then keep swimming.
But only rest at the edge of the pool, you can’t get out.
If you get out, you’re just being lazy.
Don’t be lazy.
Keep swimming.
Keep going.
Don’t touch the sides.
Hold your breath.
Keep your legs up.
Keep your head down.
Swimming is fun because I say it’s fun.
Don’t ask questions.
You should already know this stroke, but you’re doing it wrong.
I don’t want to swim.
I don’t like swimming.
But I can’t stop.
I can’t get out.
I have to swim because they want me to.
I can’t run because they don’t want me to.
I have to swim.
But I don’t like swimming.
I don’t want to swim.
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Submitted by Pyrofold on January 20, 2021

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Emilia Hulson

Emilia Hulson is a 15 year old Minnesotan poet, who often explores the deeper and darker sides of her life, focusing on struggles that affect her. more…

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