Purify the Soul

Delicately place your toes

in the emerald blue waters.

Ice cold shock embraces your skin

and you lose sensation;

it takes you over.

“I can do this.”

You remind yourself that discomfort creates growth

That pushing yourself past your mental limitations

means that you control your mind

and you control your destiny.

Submerge yourself. Your heart slows

as you hold your warm breath

within chattering teeth.

Submit to your icy surroundings

Be one with the gentle hum

of the waves that sway against your flesh.

Exhale the toxins

and inhale a fresh beginning.