A Moment with Vikings There is a group of people that the woman whose couch I have been sleeping on calls Vikings. She said If I walk over to the Baltic early enough in the morning past the wooded road and the deer, I can see them run from their homes, strip naked to their skins, and wade slowly into the sea where the sun is only slightly rising over the horizon. One morning I go and I see them wearing robes and then nothing at all, trusting their bodies enough to keep them warm. I, alone, am wearing a winter coat and boots, feeling stupid despite the chill picked up from the water that aggravates small waves into the surface. Taking off my shoes and socks. I try to join the group of strangers who are only strangers to me, wishing something would warm the water that wouldn't also kill us, and to be less alone but it's too cold. Fully clothed and with damp socks, I go back to the woman's home, who is almost as much of a stranger, never seeing the sun rise over the water, wanting to strip and be free.