Three Degrees Celsius and Falling

I ask what she would like to drink
She says water is enough

The closest to one another
water molecules
can get
Is in liquid form
As temperature drops
And motion slows
But has not stopped

We have never been closer
Has it ever been this cold?

As it cools
the crystals form
stiff and delicate
spreading further apart
and rising

We are buoyant in this calm
Linked together and rising above the cold

In any other substance
the solid sinks
More dense than than the fluid
from which it formed

We tell a different story
Weave a protective frost

This is love
at the freezing point
To trust in our density
that water is enough
that we will not sink

Christopher Clauss
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