Come before winter

Before your heart gets too hard
Before your soul shrinks to fit today’s worries
Before you become like the ones you criticise
Before self-pity morphs into tyranny.
The human condition tends towards entropy:
Freedom fighters become oppressors
Lovers fade into strangers
Self-interest gets the better of us
Being in survival mode for too long
Ends up working against us
And the very hand we once used in
Self defence
Is the hand that
Destroys the very things
We claim to love.
So, be sure to come home before winter
Before the wrong history repeats itself
and the frostbite of cynicism kicks in
When you can’t feel past your doubt.
Come now, before winter
When you can still feel your toes
And have the strength
To take the necessary steps
To make things right.

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