The Swimmers Who Have Left Us

Courtesy: Michael O. Zahn

No more water chill on skin,

no more fear of loss

or joy of win;

they are on the longest lap of all


The infinity pool

to which they have been called

has lanes that stretch forever

on the longest lap of all


No more will heartless pace clocks

tally up their faults.

Achievement records frozen now,

on the longest lap of all


Oh, you splendid living swimmers,

delight in every splash

in sunshine and in squall —

for someday you will join them

on the longest lap of all


Michael O. Zahn, a former Milwaukee newspaper reporter, lives in Central Florida. His poems about swimming have been published in numerous venues, both print and electronic.

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