Tuesday, December 20, 2022


Putting ice on bare skin 
is a pretty neat trick:

after just a few seconds, 
the exposed flesh 
turns pink—

but interestingly, 
this is actually because 
it's gotten hotter

your heart has responded 
to this insolent stressor 

by beating just a bit harder 
to send lots
of fresh blood there. 

If only the same 
dynamic were in play 

with regards to you 
and me. 
Just think 

where we'd be
if my coldness 
drew you in,

if that grimness and rigidity 
had attracted your heat.