Sink or Swim

Breast stroke, back stroke,
Butterfly, crawl.
It's sink or swim,
Winner takes all.

Back flip, half pike,
Somersault, splat.
Which joker let
The water out?

About the Poem

A poem about swimming and high board diving which is funny, until you think through the consquences of what is being described. A few unfortunate people each year are silly enough to dive into empty swimming pools. Most die, but those who survive are almost certainly pre-qualified to take part in the para olympics.

Category

Sporting Disasters

Style

Rhyming poem

Length

8 lines

Key Stage

KS1, KS2, KS3

Author

Patrick Winstanley

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