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Long For This World

Long For This World

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.



Poem Long For This World - Sophie Hannah