Ice Cold

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Have you ever dipped your hands in ice cold water?  The initial feel of it is shocking and your instinct is to pull away, but you don’t.  Instead, you keep your fingers submerged, not committing anymore to the liquid.  Your fingers feel it first, but soon the pain spreads through your palms and your wrists, all the way up to your forearms.  No, it doesn’t burn.  It hurts much worst than that.  Beneath your skin, you feel your bones aching and freezing to the point of near explosion.  It’s paralyzing.  No matter how much you try to shake it off, the poisonous cold feeling keeps spreading.  You tried to limit your pain by only exposing your fingers to its threats, but it got the better of you.  Now, your fingers are completely numb, your hands are drifting away, and you are slowly bu surely proving to be no challenge for the ice cold water.  Your tan hue becomes more purple with each second that passes, taking away any sign of life.  With just a simple touch to your fingertip it is killing you with ease.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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