Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Colder than Winter

Cold is more than temperature
It's naked, skeletal trees
casting shadows
on the frozen ground
It's the wind that whips
the shriveled leaves
in a ghostly dance
It's windows shut,
patios barren
firewood stacked
where there once
was a lush garden,
but now, only a memory
The world is dormant
hunkering down,
as if to hide
from winter's woes

I'm like that, too
just so cold at heart
with despair's weary drag
I'm being sucked dry,
as if my pain, my sorrow
was someone's solace
so they take take take
and I'm left
staring at the stark bleakness
of defeat,
my skeleton bare,
my joy stolen by the
greedy cycle
always the pain
my constant companion

Coldest of all,
I've lost you
no longer willing
to ride the roller-coaster
arm wrapped around me
in comfort and togetherness
you've left me stranded
on the side of the road,
danger at every turn
never even bothering
to wave goodbye.

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Brian Miller said...

oh that last stanza rings heavy...not even a goodbye...sad

Bubba said...

I'm getting chilly from all these winter-themed One Shots! (Where'd fall go so fast?)

H said...

NO! How could anyone leave a person in so much pain? That hurts!

One Stop - The Place For Poets, Writers and Artists said...

wow...heartache...what a well written poem...from the first to the last this carried true...the end though was heartbreaking...a great share for osw...pete

Jenny said...

Heartbreakingly lovely!

Shashidhar Sharma said...

Very beautiful... I enjoyed it.. Loved your words...
'It's the wind that whips
the shriveled leaves
in a ghostly dance'
So vivid and imaginative...
Thanks for sharing...

ॐ नमः शिवाय
Om Namah Shivaya
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Steve Isaak said...

Oh so painfully relatable and ably-written. You just wrote about my s**tty marriage from five years ago, LOL.