ballet at the shallow end

a confession:
i took on too much
this vacation.
2 conference papers
+ 6 countries
in 2 weeks.
(it seemed like a good idea
at the time.)
as my friend jacquie said,
i am going to need a vacation
from my vacation.
did you ever feel like that?

the good news:
i think it’s going to be okay.

mom, dp and i
are chilling in ubud, bali
where even the geckos are friendly.
6 blissed-out days and nights
without plans
or planes to catch.

my mom is staying
in this gorgeous glass house
with its own pool.
(it’s beautiful like a dream.)

this afternoon
we three
(none of us water-babies)
met up in the pool.
dp jumped right in,
i entered incrementally
(with gasps and giggles)
and mom eased herself
into the water
with trepidation.

i found that i’m still
a mad floater
(“amazing!” dp said,
“i think we found your super power.”)
while he no longer floats with ease.
we bobbed up and down
and laughed like kids.

i suggested that i choreograph
a ballet for the pool.
a ballet for three swimmers.
my mom said her part would need
to be at the shallow end.

here they are,
my water-ballerina mother
with my water-ballet beloved.

there need to be
more days like this.
pineapple spring roll days.
sleep-in + nap days.
stay in your bathing suit days.

i know you know
there ought to be more
days like this.


    1. Megan, you know the ballet dancers well so the water ballet is particularly meaningful for you. How we wish you were here!

      For you – a paper copy + a kiss and a hug. See you in July.

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