The Winter King

He is this year's winter king,
A solitary sorrow, a sacrifice to spring.

A cold, hard fire, a boundless stream,
Of heedless yearning and hallowed dreams.

Ignited, she writhes in a breathless trance,
Wild and shimmering in the sacred dance.

He breaks her, blinds her, burns her sin,
Then weaves her gently beneath his skin.

Seizes a moment of her naked soul,
Carves her heart, and makes her whole.

A poem in birth, she is a fevered light,
Captured and claimed in the winter night.

© 2003 J.L. Stanley

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