Sweetwater Alchemy

    “Sweetwater Alchemy,” Ensign, Mar. 1986, 66

    Sweetwater Alchemy

    Honorable Mention

    I have an affinity for water:

    once it was my whole world,

    rocking me warm,

    buffered, secure,

    sweeter than I’d ever be again

    till swirled over

    by a second water birth:

    platinum elixir,

    subliming all that was

    into what could be,

    offering another comforter

    to wrap me and nest in:

    the watery cause of my yearning

    for soul-spring

    from the sweetest water of all

    flowing over the Fall

    to purify my own reflecting pool.