Winter

I welcome Winter
Into my heart
To freeze and shatter
What remains of me
To winnow me down
To a cold hard will

I welcome Winter
Into my heart
To harden and crack
The dead flesh there
To starve me of dreams
To awaken hunger

I welcome Winter
Into my heart
To teach me again
That abundance is a lie
To sharpen my teeth
To fight for life

I welcome all of this
As Winter is forever
And the sleepy mirth
Of happy fulfillment
Is delusion

I welcome Winter
Into my heart