Like a fallen autumn leaf, picked up by a fresh breeze.
Welcoming, fresh, ever changing.
Carried along, dropped and picked up again
Journey unpredictable, but very welcoming.
The vast, freshness of the air, is inhaled deeply
and exhaled deeply. Eyes closed and arms open.
Poles reversing, unexpectedly.
Winter rears its ugly head.
Arms quickly close. Breathing rudely interrupted.
Layers once removed, are quickly replaced.
Feelings of refreshment trapped in crystals of ice.
Skin too thin, metabolism stalls like a faulty motor.
Heart dampened by the deafening silence.
Ears stung from the rude awakening.
Comatose from the shock,
staring into the abyss of regret.
Confusion presides like an overcast frontline
Eyes heavy like artillery…..
Shells dropping, hearts being torn apart.
everything fading to grey.
Waking up to a red sky, wounded from the battle.
Colours restored, but with less saturation.
Survivors picked up, infantry regroups, infantry retreats.
Finding more hope in the lost battle than a battle not fought at all.
A lesson learnt.
once bitten, twice shy.
Burnt but still alive.
Never knowing when its your tour of duty next.