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SUBLIMATION

 

 

Ice melts against your skin

a heart, rebellious, dreaming

still

 

Water freezes against my heart,

skin inverted, my body inert but raging

still

 

The impossibility of knowing;

the persistence of wanting:

who would have thought it so?

simple refusal to live without you

paradox of opposite energies

 

I boil water into cubes

to cool my steaming pores

or at least to dull the knife

I plunge deep into my own heart.

 

 

Susan Smith Nash

February 16, 2002