I felt its hands
Faint wisps pulling at it.
My heart slowly rose
As it emerged
I felt just how warm it was.
The glowing ember within me
Bright against the grey.
Warmth now leaving quickly,
Stolen by a worthy opponent,
silently and harshly,
by the biting stings of
a winter wrongly borrowed from a land upwards of Mongolia
Anguish and frustration cannot alone burn through
The unfeeling cold quietly shrieks
In and upon me
Not a bone in my concealed body could escape.
I offer, at last,
My truest treasure.
Simple and vintage in its creation
Yet young and joyous at its core
The key to all I love
With the sacrifice, I take one last look all around
Rattling branches quickly calm
Silent peace rushes to blanket these lands
And my body
It thaws with a passion I no longer possessed
Before my eyes laid at rest
Never to return to the life I knew
I thought I saw a faint glow in the horizon
A light glow
Peeking against the sky
But no, it wasn't possible. I'd never seen its existence,
just heard the stories from travelers' passing
To and from strange legendary lands.