Hope Rising

Throughout the coldest, longest night
My blankets wrap me warm and tight
In the chilly early morn
Layers upon layers on my body worn
Ever close to winter's freeze
Yet protected thus from its seize
Life is fullest when its limits faced
And from safe inside I simply graze
The unrelenting austerity

For in a life where the edge is noticed
And sharpness close and starkness closest
There is flicker that lies within
Fiercely guarded, gently nurtured
It rises thus despite the darkness
Because never more is it ever needed
And never more does it ever thrive
That when we touch the brink of darkness
Still knowing the morning, the sun, will rise

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I was born on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, and returned there at the age of fourteen. Between that I had the privilege of living in tropical Durban and exquisite, mountainous Cape Town. I spent a few years in America in my early twenties and now live here permanently, based in a gorgeous town, an hour from Washington, DC. I live in close proximity to a big city on one side and experience country life on the other. My perfect harmony.