Baptism

underwater-air-bubblesOne foot before the other
As if testing tepid water
A tentative engagement
Lost in the rising steam
Anchored to experience
Of times spent far away
Flailing amidst the undertow
The water stronger than love
More insistent than memory
More potent than apathy
And hot like eternal fire
Testing petulant souls
Who leap in like the wind
Swirling the murky depths
Scalding this perfect skin
Flush with anticipation
Before coming back to earth
To practice a patience
Born of a certain consequence
Shackled to these imperfections
That make us who we are
Sinking down into the depths
To rise again like Lazarus
With skin as white as snow
Then one foot after another
Reaching for purchase
Stepping onto dry land.

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