At the Pool

Every Other Day at the Pool by Lori Lipsky

My arms extend forward
stretched out, palms downward

First neighbors, then Moses
they part the water

Pulling my body forward.
Again hands reach out

Divide the water
divide the years

So now I am ten
and float and kick

With water below, above
around and all about

In heart, in mind
jumping, flipping

Though dignity knows better, and
tautened arms

Divide the liquid over and again
in a suitable, age-appropriate style.

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