Santa Monica Beach

Walking past a group of girls on Santa Monica Beach, I heard one of them say, after looking at me, “He looks like a Greek god.”

My body developed, I believe, from my swimming.

I did not have the muscles that weightlifters did. Swimming does not build them and I was a long-distance swimmer.

Bucking against the tides (and garbage) I could swim for hours, and often did. I dove from a height of 25 feet.

I have little ego. I never brag about the “good looks” I was born with. I had nothing to do with them, period. It just happened.

(March 4, 2021)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.