Winter claims, my soul

The leaves are falling down
They lay scattered
their souls imprinted;
Fallen shadows
they lie;
Silver bellied and breathless
like beached fish upon this tarnished ocean of tar.
Like my heart they plummet,
russet pigmented and cold
lifeless we tumble towards the inevitable end.
All seasons must come to pass
and mine,
she wraps her fragile veil of solitude
around her bare barked limbs
as she sips submissively from the cup presented
ever slipping time…
a sign of surrender
a passing over
a pathetic attempt
to shield against this sweeping cold.
There is no place to hide.
Winter slips,
ghostlike into the world.
His prying fingers uncover all
his icy breath slips between my cracks.
Unceasingly he searches
permeating any wisp of weakness
Exposure to cold.
Will i see this one out?
Will i weather this storm?
I set myself on fire
blaze red orange gold
by the glorious hues of death
Connected by some invisible thread
in time with each other,
in step with the Earth
we dance.
Each breath that passes through these veins
the last
as we throw ourselves into flame
set the skyline on fire
This passive progression
can no longer hide this dying soul
Every fibre in my being
has know, has felt,
has prepared:
in anticipation for this:
the end
But I fear…
My heart had frozen over
long before the last shattered leaf
came hurdling to the ground to lie,
like death,
at the feet of his sleeping self
Surrender to the seasons
May spring come again
(so that I may cease to be numb)
But for now,
My soul journeys within
and my heart continues slowly to beat.
only dreams feed this shell.
Winter has come,
and for now
I sleep.

Winter claims, my soul


London, South Africa

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