Watering Hole

Short hike
Find pool
Glacial runoff
Climb rocks
Rough rope
Laughing girls
Stare down
Twenty-five feet?

One steps
Checks cliff
Checks hair
Checks distance
Checks friends
Ask another,
Camera ready?
Nerves coil
Toes grip
Knees bend
Calves tense
Breath catches
Cheering friends
Rock edge

Air time
Three seconds
Then submersion
Ice water
Lungs scream
Legs kick

Head surfaces
Grip rock
Shimmy up
Reassume breathing
Welcome towel
Warmth source

Recovery then
Climb rocks
Climb rope
Round two

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