In the water I am free and graceful. I forget everything, focusing only on that moment as I float and swim. On land I walk as quietly as a herd of elephants stomping through the forest headed for water In the water, I am a shark, speeding towards my prey, silently and quickly. On land I hit myself on objects and trip occasionally. In the water, I am graceful like a ballerina, I turn and flip with ease. On land I am heavy and feel gravity’s hand whenever I do jumping jacks or push ups. In the water, I leap off the diving board like a gazelle leaping happily across the Serengeti. I slice through the water decisively with only one goal in mind, to reach the bottom as quickly as possible than back up. On land, I breathe heavily as I run trying to catch my breath. I am the slowest runner in my group, way behind the pack. I hold my breath for as long as possible forcing my lungs to work more efficiently than usual. My head breaks through the water and I take a quick gulp of fresh oxygen before once again disappearing into the world of water. On land I sit for hours working in front of a computer In the water, I tread water in the deep end, occasionally moving my legs and arms but always keeping my head above the water. Oh how I wish I could be a mermaid, able to stay under water forever. I need Ursula to grant my wish. In the water I am free and graceful. In the water is where I want to be.