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.