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The Swim Team BluesThe Swim Team Blues
About six years ago, my little brother and I quit from the swim team we had belonged to for three years.
My bro never could follow directions when it came to swimming, even after two years in the beginners level, he could not properly swim any of the four strokes. (He was a real embarrassment.)
I, on the other hand, had no problem when it came to form; but above average speed was hard for me to attain, so I always didnt do well in the meets. The reason: I wasnt competitive; I swam for the exercise, not the awards. Unfortunately, my bro was competitive causing his many defeats to be more emotionally hurtful; if that makes sense. Then again, he has always had a bad temper...
We quit when our daily practices lengthened to 2 straight hours. If you youve never belonged to a swim team, then this might not sound so grueling, so Ill explain it to you. During practice, the majority of your time is devoted to facing the unchanging
Regret for a Slow DeathForgive me, comrade;
You gave me no choice.
If I had not stabbed,
I'd be red and moist
In your stead. I'm sorry
For your gasping voice;
Reason escaped me;
First-Aid was a waste;
Your cruel undead-ness
I just could not face;
I should have killed, I guess,
With far greater haste.
Please, forgive me, my unmet friend,
For the pain at your bitter end.
The carcass of a cactus
Has a certain beauty.
It's bare, porous frame,
Deserves many an observer,
Despite its desert abode.
Dead material still won't corrode.
mechanici want to kiss every aching wound you have,
bandage your heart every time it bleeds,
and patch up your mind over and over
because not a single tear deserves to fall
from your brandy-drenched eyes
but this dripping heart of mine can only feel
and the healing honey words it flames get caught
in the back of my throat and on the roof of my mouth
so i only have these passionate guttural cries
to tell you that i care all too much
and in order to fix you up again,
i would need to tear myself to tatters
and trade all of my working parts
for your leftover, fading pieces
but i just haven’t figured out how.
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