My few very very good friends were swimmers in high school. I was a golfer. I always admired the extreme dedication it took. I never thought about how much they're on display until your poem. Thanks!
You notice the tiny details and it pays off in your poetry. Thanks for making me pause and think about all it takes to be a young swimmer.Ruth
I'm not a swimmer myself, but I know that it takes incredible discipline...especially because, as you've noted, it can be a lonely sport.
Love this ode to swimmers. I'm going to share it with my grandson who is beginning to swim on a team. A few months ago my daughter share how deathly quiet it was when he was swimming because he was the last one in...she was so worried he would give up and not be part of the team. He stuck with it. Those swimming meets are long!
Thanks for all the comments, friends. And...wearing a bathing suit in front of all those people! Ugh! :)