Dear Winter

Look straight into my soul, dear winter. I'm much stronger this time around. I've come of age and into experience. You try to shake me, tell me I can't make it through. Yet you have no idea how immovable I can be.

I'm ready to embrace the darkness thrown this way and tackle the cold wind. Let it fill my sails and carry me past defeat.

I can feel you. I smell your breath.

"Testing" was a word I threw around so carelessly and to tell truth, I've been stretched. I know behind your face of testing there's a land of paradise for those who push through. Now you can see that's what I'm after. I may still be afraid, but I have determination that won't be trifled with.

See me now, I'm ready.