in this winter, it’s a dark quiet hush

that spreads from the winter in my heart


there is a recognizing, one to itself,

a knowing of my soul in the air

that hurts to breathe


night is the truest time, the shadows

are welcome and the candles slow

patient burning, burning, burning


and I have nothing to do but melt


#winter, by nikki barnes



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begin here

IMG_0839, the lake, Feb 2013

you see, I have this thing with #dayone — I believe it is always Day One —

today is for beginning — it is for filling up, not falling away — it is made for your steps —

sure and steady, or halting and hesitant —

walk with me

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