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The Bygone Years
by Nikos Laios
2019-01-14 11:26:18
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The matches spilt
Onto the floor
bycone001_400As the girl struggled
To light the fire
And the window shutters
Flapped rhythmically
Against the stone walls
Outside.

I could see the bare tree
Cast a shadow like a
Ragged claw,
And the wind howled
And the trees shook.

Only the flickering
Lights from a few cabins
Illuminated the dense
Forrest and the dark
And haunting silence.

We all huddled around
The fireplace that
Year and watched
Quietly the reflection
Of the fire in each
Other's eyes,
And our faces lit up
And warm
With the shadows
Dancing on the walls.

That was a long time ago
And the cabins have since
Crumbled and the woods
Have swallowed them up;
But I'll always remember the
Girl with the spilt matches on
The floor struggling to light the fire,
In those innocent bygone years.

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With a digital drawing from Nikos Laios

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