Lungs bursting with breath, a silent prayer to a distant god, and Gabe dove into the arctic current. His body shot forward like a harpoon from a gun, the water colder than cold, but he wouldn't let it numb him. Everything was feeling now. And that was what scared him most of all: that he would make it to shore and would still be so raw and new to the world, the very world that had tried so many times to wipe him from the heel of its boot.
photo credit: Ryan McGinley