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I launched this blog in 1995. Since then, we have published 1603 articles. It's all free and means a lot of work in my spare time. I enjoy sharing knowledge and experiences with you.

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Winter's Descent


Richie Bartlett, Jr.

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I am alone. I am sad
without a tear drop to be had.
So cold, I turn winter grey.
I wonder if I will see another day.
Cloudy is my mind.
Without purpose, my pace begins to slow.
Freezing, I feel the dark winds blow.
Continuing my path without reason.
Harsh is the weather of this season.

My night has begun to fall.
The day’s end, I feel, draws near.
So cold, no blanket in sight, I fear.
The night’s dawn long gone.
Why do I continue on…

This midnight has passed.
My strength and warmth all faded.
I feel my heart become jaded.
Frostbitten, I cross an icy bridge to a snowy ledge.
I have no reason to stop at its edge.
Looking below, I see a dark abyss.
Weightless, I continue to fall.
No one hears my cries nor call.
Recklessly, I continue my descent.
Until finally, I have no reason nor resent.

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