casts shadowed, branching shapes,
the mind stripped slowly, leaf by leaf;
with dying thoughts replaced.
The trunk of Self is rooted deep,
within earth’s chilling arms,
and brightness bears a blackened edge
as Winter makes its mark.
Like leaves the memories are called,
from greater heights to fall,
upon the base and settled place;
their life, so soon withdrawn.
The soul has found a wintering world,
where it must spend its days,
until the living sap is drawn,
to bring it forth again.