Influences (or Why I Write the Way I Do)

Natalie Goldberg (free-flowing writing)
Clarissa Pinkola Estes (wild woman writing)
Jane Hutchison (direct-to-the-point writing)
Ernest Hemingway (simple words writing)

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Fear of Floating

i learned how to swim at 28. i swam like crazy. 25 laps of freestyle at Naga's Civic Center the whole of march, one summertime ago. i swam like crazy. another 25 laps of breast stroke. i swam like crazy. my red lipstick looking like violet on tanned burned skin.  but today, with my daughter, i could not even float. without the goggles, the swimming cap. i just couldn't find the courage to breathe deep, kick, and float.  so how will i overcome? it's like tennis. more court, more practice, less mistakes. more water, more recall, less fear.

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