As the day closes
Upon this, once homey, place,
He regards the horizon
And unstoppable darkness.
We know the hour’s growing late
Yet many songs remain unsung.
Now is not the time to hate
Too many bells remain unrung.
Outside, that world is growing dim
Darkness builds in gathering night,
Frigid wailing beyond the rim
Of this tiny candle’s light.
This little pool to which we cling,
This spot of warmth against the chill,
Where we await the return of spring
With nothing but our faith and will.
We can’t defeat that howling cold
Without this flame which we behold.
Heavy rains thunder
On deck, roof, and leafless tree.
A rumbling railroad train.
But tables will turn
And snow will fly by midweek.
Yet tomorrow will
Grace us with fleeting summer.
One last gasp of life
Before all hearts freeze beneath
Anonymous winter parkas.