All that liquid
In front of me
And my eyes could not distinguish
One single drop —
So I did some calculations
Using my phone
And my head (only a little) —
This pool is 25 yards long.
There are 3 feet in every yard.
Therefore, the pool is 75 feet long.
I don’t know the width of each lane
But I know from swimming rules that
Each lane must be at least 7 feet across.
We have 8 lanes
So this pool is approximately 56 feet wide.
And I further reasoned,
The depth of the pool varies.
In the shallow end, it’s 4 feet deep,
And in the deep end it’s 8 feet,
But I’ll use 4 feet —
Just to be conservative.
So, I multiplied 75 x 56 x 4
To arrive at the number that
Minimally expresses the volume,
The number of cubic feet in the pool.
That’s 36,000 cubic feet of water —
Although I know there’s really more
Because of the way the depth changes.
Then, I looked up
How many drops of water
Make up one cubic foot:
So a conservative guess
At the number of drops of water
In that one swimming pool
36,000 x 566,336.93 =
Let’s just call it 20 billion drops
And I still can’t see a single one.
Out of curiosity,
I looked up the population
Of the world
The most recent United Nations estimates
In May 2018
There are 7.6 billion people in the world
If people were drops of water
My pool would be little more than 1/3 full
It made me feel small
All at the same time
And I’m not sure why