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Winter stretches cold and dark

Photo by C.E. Pereira

Winter has arrived.
The wait is lonely.
Each breath an agony.
The nights are long.

I can only imagine.
What she goes through.
Beyond that, hers alone.
I cannot follow. I stay.

Cries of anger, I hear.
Mixed with fear. I see.
What comes after death?
Time crawls ever slowly.

Does the soul seek an end?
The body, only skin and bones.
A heartbeat, then another.
Winter drags on silently.

The old who waits for death.
But death is out of reach.
Each morning, a cry escapes.
Winter stretches cold and dark.

Those who die sudden deaths,
are they the lucky ones?
To meet death in seconds,
Where winter is but a myth.

Days turn into months.
Winter becomes endless.
Has God forgotten her?
Night and day has merged.

Into the past of childhood.
What once was, to relive now.
The now left behind, lost.
To see faces long ago dead.

Waiting! That is the truth.
She knows this waiting game.
Sleepless nights of fear.
Death hasn’t laid a claim yet.

The mind has retreated.
Reality has been altered.
No footprints in the snow.
Trapped in a winter blizzard.

This last season in life.
Asking one to accompany.
The impossible. No one.
Alone, as life ebbs out.

By C.E. Pereira




I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. In recent years, the younger generation have added on to include spouses from the Philippines, Nigeria and Russia. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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