On Swimming…


…hold a fabric of silence so fine
and old that even a breath
could tear it.
I love to swim in the sea, which keeps
talking to itself
in the monotone of a vagabond
who no longer recalls
exactly how long he’s been on the road.
Swimming is like a prayer:
palms join and part,
join and part, almost without end.

~ Adam Zagajewski, from “On Swimming” from Without End: New and Selected Poems.


Notes: Poem via 3 Quarks Daily.  Art by Samantha French

Comments

  1. What a gr8 analogy:
    Swimming is like a prayer:
    palms join and part,
    join and part, almost without end
    Love this. Sending you newly refreshed thanks with hands like swimming paddles

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  2. I’m such a crappy swimmer that it IS a prayer for me…let me get to the shore/side of the pool! 😉

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  3. the meditation of the sea

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  4. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sea is a temple…
    A saw Adam Zagajewski in my dreams last night. Someone said I get a chance to meet him, and they took me to see him.

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  6. I would love to feel that comfortable with the sea. Not an avid swimmer myself and am more of a dip, cool off, do a couple of lengths in way off-point style and get out 😉

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