Leaner Physically and so too in Character

In winter, when the leaves

have fallen from the trees

in the wood

I see farther

and more clearly

so during periods

of melancholy in my life

I shed my burdens

like a laden ship

drops it’s cargo

to escape an enemy

or outrun

a coming storm

I achieve more

and move farther

in comprehending

what I am

But

everything in nature

is balanced

and these times

are lonely

indeed

the wood seems

still and empty

the animals

gone to ground

the birds

flown away

the nights longer

and days darker

with the shadow

cast by cloud

obscuring much

So, when the clouds part

for but a brief moment

the sun shines through

and I see an enduring rose

I know that I have no squabble

with the winter

or with this life

I’m leaner physically

and so too in character

learning who I am

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