Learning How To Swim

She thought she knew how to swim Until she started drowning in thoughts of him She somehow manages to gasp for air, But he fills her lungs to the brim She used to be afraid of diving deeper, Of seeing too much of herself But she stole glances of her heart Through the reflection In his eyes Though he was a keeper He could not keep her She lay wide awake at night, Wading through the Ripples of abstract thoughts, No longer a deep sleeper To take the plunge, she learned, Meant to immerse herself in a pool Of ecstasy and pain To walk in the rain knowing she’ll get drenched To receive a love She had not earned Soon, she will have to harden. She will have to learn once again How to follow the tides of her heart, To navigate her emotional storm And to keep herself afloat So as not to be a burden But she worries. Perhaps for him She will always swallow water.


Contact Us

Follow Us

  • White Instagram Icon

Members Login

The Georgetown Independent

409 Leavey Center Georgetown University Box 571069 Washington, D.C. 20057 Telephone: (202) 687-6954


E-mail: indy@georgetown.edu


Articles are the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or staff of The Independent or the administration, faculty or students of Georgetown University.

The Independent encourages letters to the editor, which should not exceed 500 words. The Independent reserves the right to edit for length and style. Advertising information and rates available upon request.


The Independent is composed on Adobe InDesign and printed by Silver Communications Corp., Sterling, VA.