Butterfly Away

Leah Braden
Butterfly Away Leah Braden is 11 years old and lives in Washington, DC. She is very dedicated to her writing and often writes poetry and realistic fiction. She is a competitive swimmer and she has two adorable cats named Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, named after her favorite book series, Harry Potter. She’s smart, works hard, and gets things done in a kind and helpful way. She has two younger siblings named Thomas and Cara. She has written many poems and stories before and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon.

“It’s the relay carnival and six teams
Are lined up on the side of the pool
The announcer pushes the button”

           

It’s the relay carnival and six teams
Are lined up on the side of the pool
The announcer pushes the button
And we’re off
She slices through the water
Each stroke clear
Her purpose obvious as she brings her team
To victory
I’m not as fast as she is but I gotta swim anyway
Adrenaline is coursing through me
Arms up and I dive in
Pushing the water away as I move going
Up
Down
Up
Down
The minute I surface I know I’m ahead of everyone
And I know I’m gonna
Butterfly ‘em all away
Gonna butterfly ‘em all away
The water moves aside as I swing my arms up and breathe
The oxygen to my lungs isn’t enough and I’m tired but
This is my last race of the season
Gotta leave it out on the field
Swinging
Up
Down
Up
Down
As each soggy palm smacks the concrete wall
My team smiles
I smile
Cuz I butterflew ‘em all away
Today

 

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