Thaw

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That tingling,

that raw, pounding pain

is the cost of coming alive.

She’s subsisted frozen,

a suspended non-animation

for so long,

the thaw comes at a price.

Blackened extremities

feel the pulse-surge

and scream in the flow –

but only the living feel.

Only the breathing palpitate.

Only the viable

thaw…