grows numb the thousand poking needles blunted as if a thin paper suddenly shields my skin.
Finally, I am immersed
and I carefully tilt back my head to press my nose into the air as the water covers my face. I wait feeling the throbbing cold complete its path
through my skin, muscles, nerves, and bones until it hits my core until I am fully conscious of my submersion. And then, only then do I slowly turn around layer by layer my body emerges dripping, sodden trembling
until I stand on dry ground once more. But even then the memory of the dark waters remains in the faint, shimmering droplets perched on my skin sending goose-bumped shivers across my body.