Before I started swimming, water wasn't cool.
I was terrified of bathtubs, not to mention the pool.

So when my parents put me into a class to swim,
I refused to even go, but they dragged me to the gym.

The water was heated, but still I felt so cold.
There are many words to describe me, but you couldn't add "bold."

I was worried for sharks. Were there lethal fish?
I had to get out of there! That was my only wish.

I couldn't go in, I couldn't! My terrified heart just raced,
But deep inside I knew my fear just had to be faced.

I held my breath and jumped in. People may think I am quirky,
For I had so many stupid fears. Like, what if the water's murky?

But I became used to it. I even did somersaults!
I was soon shakily swimming, though you could find many faults.

I can now swim like a fish. I am not afraid of sharks and creatures.
I know the pool is safe. I am only afraid of the teachers!

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Lavanya Sundar has been writing stories and poems since the age of three. Her stories have won accolades in PBS Kids' Writers Contests and other forums. She has won prizes and qualified at the national level in spelling and vocabulary bees. She enjoys being challenged to compose a poem on any subject in limerick, haiku, or verse form. Now a fifth grader in the SF Bay area, she has won national prizes in singing Indian classical music and playing it on the veena. She enjoys playing hand ball, developing a web site and learning Mandarin.