- Vol. 08
- Chapter 05
Before an Open Refrigerator
The directions were: through the forest,
just beyond the mountain. "What's there?"
"You'll know it when you see it."
Ominous potential last words.
"Is there a specific time to arrive?"
"Sunrise is best."
I topped the adjacent summit the next morning.
Blinding, eye-level sunlight streamed
from within an enormous snowbank tunnel
on the horizon. The entrance extended
like a range hood over the peak where I stood.
My skin reacted the way it did when standing
before an open refrigerator.
They said to prepare for everything.
I wriggled into heat-retention gear,
temporarily disengaged my awe,
put one foot in front of the other.
Of course, I moved toward the light!
But the reverberating buzz of children's laughter—
that is what gave me courage, summoned me forward.