We walk along in the sweat sucking heat;
thin air pushes against our tired hearts.
A river seeks us
and we hear it soon-- waiting.
Then it appears--
a sinuous, porcine animal
continually diving downwards.
By a glassy pool
we remove our clothes
and I suddenly I am afraid.
Why? To experience fierce cool is why we came.
Ankles in, I feel ice dragons bite at my bones.
How can water hurt so much?
I retreat, and sensation leaks back down my legs.
A small, deep copper pool offers full immersion.
I jump in, and the scream escaping my throat is
sucked back, and all my organs
quail inwards for core warmth.
In two seconds I experience a year of broken crystal in every pore; it is
terrible and amazing to be consumed by this beautiful creature.
I flee the artic maw, and grab my forehead
to ease the external ice cream headache.
My limbs find warm granite,
and they kindly lower my torso.
Sun thaws my marrow
and I am simultaneously
Back in my body,
I watch the liquid shards
drip from my hair and realize
I am finally