We Became Polar Bears, Searching for Sea Ice

I wake up every morning still feeling (reeling from) my nighttime doses.

But, some days, the cloudy confusion lingers well into my swim. And some days the sun shines very brightly, making the water extra-sparkly. And some days the sound of the water seems amplified with every push and bubbly breath. And some days the pool heater was left on overnight, making for a soup-like environment.

Today, all factors combined: the hotter than usual water, the loud bubbles, the sparkles, the lingering medication.

I looked around at my pool mates underwater.

In my mild delirium, everyone was a polar bear, searching for sea ice.


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