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I've known "Desolation" before;

     she was a difficult taskmistress.

          She was cold and unforgiving;

               ruthless, beyond imagination.

                      She left me nothing when she went,

                            not even the clothes on my back.

                                  She thought she had the best of me;

                                        that I wouldn't survive.


                                             She thought the loneliness

                                                 would be too much;

                                                     that the waves of solitude

                                                          might sweep me down.

                                                                She was mistaken.

                                                        We struggled till the end,

                                                  "Desolation" and I;

                                            she pushing,

                                       and I trying merely

                                   to hold my own.


                            But I knew, from past experience,

                                 the secret to surviving the battle

                                       she fought so desperately to win.

                                               That nothing can be too much;

                                                     no strength much stronger than my own;

                                                          no hurt that leaves too deep a scar,

                                                                as long as the angels whisper:


                                                                               is merely temporary."


                                                                            copyright 2001 bj pearce

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