Sunday, 7 February 2021


No one swam in the seas round Britain

when I was a child.

The water was empty beyond the edge

of the shore

even on the warmest of days.

Paddling was as adventurous as it got.

Nothing wetter was allowed,

Trousers rolled up,

skirts tucked in knickers

clothes to be protected from

the salt water waves.

Only then was paddling allowed

taking due care not to kick or jump,

taking due care not to let the wet waves

go too far.

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