Going for Gold

by Alan S. Bridges and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Mariposa #48, Spring-Summer 2023, page 27. Originally written in January and February of 2018, via email.


just enough to turn

a curling stone Alan


the hockey puck’s curve

wide of the net Michael


a penalty loop

for the missed target—

biathlon shooter Alan


ice spray—

the quadruple Salchow

half a rotation short Michael


losing a helmet visor

the luger flies blind Alan


wind-delayed downhill . . .

snow swirls

through the empty starting gate Michael