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Embracing The Aquatic - Heat 4

Summer, Saturday morning
hundreds of swimsuited kids
descend on their neighborhood,
or foes,
 cabana club
and thus begins
the weekly swim meet.
Commencing with
brief warm up practice
followed by a long, tedious  wait
for one's racing heat.

When at our home pool competing,
We'd spread our beach towels
on the grassy hill
overlooking the contest.
Biding our time
sunbathing, clowning around, and eating.
Mom brought chocolate covered donut sticks and boxes of strawberry Jello…our fingers and lips dyed red from dipping in this
high glucose rocket fuel.
The opposition
sets up in the field,
pool adjacent,
wherein were planted
several decorative olive trees
providing plenty of shade
but shedding dark purple, inedible fruit
that, littering the ground,
stained everything they touched.
Our botanical secret weapon.
Starter gun falls silent.
Scores are tallied
Ribbons awarded
for each event.
Blue for first,
red for second,
yellow for placing third
My favorite color, green, I received
almost every occasion
was a thank you
for my participation
 
Written by Gahddess_Worship (Osomajestuoso)
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NaPo2024 #7
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