Yes, I swim for my body, but mostly for my soul.
No matter the agitation of mind, or stiffness of limb,
I emerge restored, whole.
Giving my body and mind to the water,
Letting it lift and support me,
I feel the absolute perfection of the world.
In the water I am five and twenty-five and forty- five and sixty -five
…. and I can even see seventy- five in the distance.
I only know how to dance in the water…it provides the rhythm and inspiration
That no polished floor has ever offered.
I’ve discovered ideas and prepared classes and exorcised demons, absorbed in the meditation of the laps,
My rosary in my most hallowed cathedral.