Monday, March 30, 2009


Swimming as a teen, I dove into the pool. Mid-trajectory, I saw someone suddenly headed on a collision course with my own destination. As I instinctively swiveled my body to avoid smashing into him, I twisted my right shoulder unnaturally and it popped out of joint as I splashed downward into the water. Intense pain pooled in my throat as a scream that I had to hold in, while holding my breath. Then I aimed upward and pushed myself towards the air, a missile of hurt exploding out of the water. That scream erupted as I made it to the edge and was helped out by friendly hands. The once-dammed scream continued to pour out until someone pulled my arm to reset the joint socket properly and restore the calm flow of my body.

--Terra Rafael

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