Outside the Swim Lane

Lakeside in Ephraim, Door County, Wisconsin
Outside the Swim Lane
(For Sunita)

We dive in
to the cool blue water,
exhilarated -- 
we are on the team.

We swim, 
lap after lap,
within the swim lanes,
marked with plastic rope. 

As we are racing to win,
one day we glimpse something
outside our path.

We peak,
over there,
past the lane barriers. 

we see new possibility,
beyond the markers
that keep us in line.
Our muscles strong
from endless swimming, 
together we carry the rope away.

Now we explore,
with newfound freedom,
whatever little delights 
and giant miracles await.

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