Alison Garwood Jones

The swimmer

June 29, 2017

Man Swimming by Alison Garwood-Jones

I met a man at my local pool the other day.

He could shoot himself 25 metres under water in one breath.

When he came up for air, I removed my goggles and asked him, “Are you a pearl diver?”

“No,” he smiled, water dripping from his afro.

“Are you training for a competition?” I persisted. “Or setting yourself a personal challenge?”

He paused. “I do this to control my anger.”

Back under he went, all silence and grace.

Here is the original ink and water colour drawing before I swirled it up in PhotoShop.


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