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Ice and Iron Skies

bywakingDown©

Iron skies and winds of ice
Huddled against the deepening cold
Long corridor of stretching winter
Creeping along under hammering rain
Drifting walls of relentless snow

Feet numb lumps of flesh
Unresponsive traitorous legs
Fight to keep upright
Trudge on through silent storm
Frozen flakes of death falling

Rain frozen across cheeks and brow
Clothes soaked through
Core temperature dropping
Organs failing fast
No more source of warmth

Dawn coming without hope
Sunlight itself devoid of heat
A day only slightly
Less hellish than its twin
That empty encroaching night

Soulless howling winds
Stealing away what heat
And little life it finds
Winding through dying crowds

Shocked shell of man
The shaking soon to cease
A pallor of death clear
Easy to see the soon dead
No longer cringing when wind blows

Little cover and less shelter
Exposure in all ways
Unprotected and unseen
Left to survive if possible
Left to fend for your self

Another black night
Another dark day
Another fight for hours
Another minute won
Another downpour ignored

Frozen dawn again finds
Helpless victims diminished
More cut down
Every minute a sickle
Claiming the survivors

One by one
And in droves
Iron skies and winds of ice
Huddled against the deepening cold
Long corridor of stretching winter

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