Last winter lies vanquished,
Sprawled under lolling hills of green,
Strangled amid red-berried brambles,
Smothered deep beneath bare feet stomping along forest paths.
Winter’s proud tyranny,
Now humbled by the lilting laugh of children
And drowned in dreams of unconquerable sun.

The Solstice, triumphant just yesterday,
Already begins a furtive retreat.
And we, dazzled by light and wrapped in warmth,
Deny the onset of darkness,
Forgetful of the bleak new winter that now slowly gathers
Eager to pillage our joy and lay waste our laughter.

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Editor’s Note: The featured image is “Sunset Over a Forest Lake”  (1895) by Peder Mønsted (1859-1941).

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