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    Phobias Contest Winner 
 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: October 25, 2021      Views: 69

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MAMA BAER 

I am overjoyed with this encouraging community of writers. During my writing breaks, you might find me down a rabbit hole searching family history or above ground hanging out with live family members.

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I missed out on so much.
"Wat-er You Scared Of?" by Mama Baer

"I can't, sweetie," I say in answer to her pleading gaze.
My granddaughter looks at me,
drips onto hot cement bathed in sterile chlorine scent,
and my mind
floods with fear. Submerged in panic,
I
dive through memories until I am twelve years old again.

"If you don't pass the
swim test, you don't canoe on the lake."
I
wade through the words of the camp leader still afloat in my mind.
Unpracticed, unready, unnerved,
I jump in the deep end.
I
bob to the top, then gravity pulls. I flounder.
I am
drowning!
My
soggy mind fills with dread. As I sink deeper, an arm yanks me to the surface and air.
I determine I will not face that fear.
I watch from shore at camp while canoe oars
splash water on laughing girls.

"I'll sit on the side and watch you
swim, dear," I say,
regretful I never faced that fear.

 


Writing Prompt
Write a 10-15 line free verse poem about a phobia you may have. We all have something that very much frightens us. No rhyming patterns.
Phobias
Contest Winner

Author Notes
My parents did not like to swim, not that I blame them. After this episode, I found lots of excuses to miss swim parties. As the years wore on, my phobia grew until I am terrified of water. I missed so many fun experiences. A life regret.
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