Long For This World
by Sophie Hannah
I settle for less than snow,
try to go gracefully like seasons go
which will regain their ground –
ditch, hill and field; when a new year comes round.
Now I know everything:
how winter leaves without resenting spring,
lives in a safe time frame,
gives up so much but knows he can reclaim
all titles that are his,
fall out for months and still be what he is.
I settle for less than snow:
high only once, then no way up from low,
then to be swept from drives.
Ten words I throw into your changing lives
fly like ten snowballs hurled:
I hope to be, and will, long for this world.
And that’s the End of the Poem
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