Friday, 17 April 2015

'Swimming in the Lounge' by Jeanette Sheppard

I know what you’re thinking: how’s the load bearing capacity of the floor? Surely it can’t hold the weight of the water. I’m in a downstairs flat, so there’s no worry there.  I make sure the door of my bedroom is tightly shut — I don’t want any leakages. Night-swimming is the best. I turn out the lights, not with wet hands of course, and ease my way into the water by the glow of the street lamps. Midnight swimming is off limits though, now that the council are saving money they turn off the lights. Sometimes, if I’m lucky, there’s a phosphorescent glow; it’s great looking like you’re green. I usually get twenty five minutes. That’s ten minutes to fill the room with water — I don’t have it deep, I need to be able to touch the bottom — then five minutes swimming time and then ten minutes to drain it. That’s usually how long I get before Dad presses his buzzer for help. Sometimes it’s longer, but that’s rare as rare.

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  1. Love the symbolism in this! Subtle and poignant.

  2. Jeanette Sheppard1 May 2015 at 17:37

    Sorry for the late reply, Freya! I'm so delighted you enjoyed the flash and thank you for taking the time to say so. It means a great deal coming from you.


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