Learning To Swim

As I stand at the end of the pool

With my toes over the edge,

Bent down, leaning forward,

Feeling overwhelming pressure!

In my mind I know exactly how my stroke

SHOULD LOOK!

As I strain to match that perfect image,

Demanding that I match it

Before I enter the water.

When will I ever get wet?

What’s wrong with me?

Am I doomed?

Is there no other way

For me to learn how to swim?

Jim H.