A Winter's Prayer

I pray for the winter

When the shadows of trees

Are no longer cast,

When the fickle light can only just

Force its way through.

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I pray for the winter

When the summer's sun

Doesn't wet my skin,

Where I can lie and now not

Be forced down by heat.

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I pray for the winter

When the anger of men

Is subdued in the frost and cold,

So they are at peace

And leave me as I wish.

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I pray for the winter

When the women who before

Tortured me with their skin,

Now cover themselves in clothes

To protect their youth from the biting wind.

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I pray for the winter

When I look to the sky so white

Then my cracked purple hands,

I bow my head in quiet solitude

Praying for the warmth of summer.