Janet Budd

Rookie (September 1950 / Oldham, UK)

Not Drowning

I did not want to taste the salty sea
Just sample cool thrills on a far off beach
To celebrate a school trip nearly done
A tale I could relate once back at home

Deliberating the best time to bathe
I marked well the life guard’s white flag wave
Swam out, toes stretching, touching shale to check
Chin skimming blue green water to my neck

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