Prompt for the 17th begins with hopelessness, to end on a positive note.
Cause and Effect
Winter wanders in weeks of darkness, and I,
in a cold despair, wander too, though
my body never travels, yet my mind spends
winter aging, becomes inseparable:
one the cause, one the effect or perhaps
the other way round.
Only when the sun returns, when the wind
blows away the snow, do my thoughts return
to hopes of spring, the cycle of seasons,
warmth on my skin.
I return from thoughts of where it all ends
to focus on where it begins again.
Carol A. Stephen
April 17, 2018