Forever Winter

Forever Winter

Shards of ice in my veins froze whatever was left of my soul along with any sense of sympathy. I considered closing the open window, shutting out the cold draft, but I knew I needed it more than I ever needed anything. To feel, even if it was only pain, stood more precious than life…and death.
I felt my lips first chapping, then cracking, then bleeding, then freezing before eventually falling off with only a vague awareness that I’d be unable to smile at my own funeral.
I squinted into the impenetrable white, while the glare from the streetlights reflecting off the snow and ice cut thousands of little slices along my pupil, until the only color left was black; and yet, still I watched, still I saw.
The cold settled on me so completely that the idea of warmth was as ridiculous as notions of virginity and monogamy. Warmth seemed like a fable, dimly remembered but easily discarded under the weight of reality. The reality was ice, and chill, and draft, and death. I felt my heartbeat slowing to the distinct march of the snowy curtain. I tentatively reached toward my face with a creaking arm, shattering my frozen eyebrows with the slightest touch.
I took one last deep breath, savoring the sensation of thousands of sharp pinpricks settling deep into my chest, before I used the last of my strength to shatter my head, letting the particles blow into the wind, so from then on it was forever winter.

Forever Winter

Dave Legere

Joined January 2008

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