Margaret Koger savors–and shares–fresh mountain water in her poem, “Sharing Tarn Water.” from the 2021 issue of Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry.

Settle near the inlet
welcome the damp
mossy air, clean smell

The pool mirrors your face
your elbows bend
as you inhale—

Yes, go on, settle
on palms and knees
leaning forward

Your face disappears
as cool water surrounds
lips, mouth, chin

You must sip gently
savor the clear liquid
careful not to breathe

only swallow

Then rise, step back slowly
wipe your chin
walk away—

Glance over your shoulder
see a doe stepping forward
it’s her turn.

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