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Dip your toes into the water with me

I am not afraid to be close. For,

Like the river I move, around and

In between and under you.

I touch you with cold,

A silent otherworld, see-through and shimmering.

Wade into me and I will baptize you

Around your waist, under your arms

Father—in the name of—Son—in the name of—Spirit.

Rise and breach my surface-glass,

My stratosphere resurrection. Now,

Unwrap the linen—in the name of

Zoe and glory,

The raucous dance, undignified and pure.

Splash around in me, a child again

Sing happy, sing stars and rain

Driblets dancing in ripples; one, now two and three.

In the pale we sit, dimming with the day

Dipping our toes, splashing, laughing

And I am not afraid,

In the name of, in the name of.

Tim's authored four books, including the children's book Shine So Bright and the critically acclaimed Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society. He studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis for his PhD under Alister McGrath. When he's not scratching poetry, or chasing the scholar's craft, you can find him carving up the trails of the nearest national forest on his Salsa El Mariachi 29er.

He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and three pixie-daughters, and two acres of Great Horned Owls.