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The Sun Magazine

Family and Relationships

Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

How It Ends

It begins like this: You drop your son off at kindergarten. His first day of school. You think that nothing in your life will be as big as this: the moment he drops your hand, he who has clung to you since birth, since that first breath of air, first scream, first frantic rooting for the breast.

Poetry

Swimming Lessons

your legs clasped like irons around his torso  
pinch me if you need to breathe he says
before diving toward the cement floor    his long arms gliding
like a manta ray keen on kissing the sea bottom  
your bodies settling into the quiet like an anchor
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