winter swimming

Words for the taking.

Always waiting for

me to reach

to breach


Beyond comfort.

I dive and

trust my ability

to breathe


or hold air

for safekeeping

until my blood and brain

need it most.

Seconds are all I need

to see

hidden secrets.


Buried so deep

it hurts to dig and

find them.

What do I do when I get there?

Breath all bubbled out of me,

facing the fear?

Do I turn back

with the weight

of the locked door

heavier than ever

and try for the surface

once more?

Or do I break the lock

and open the door,

hoping there is


air there

to sustain me?

~ KJ

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