just once

an endless winter
cold
frozen
a lifetime - almost
without a spark
of warmth to drive me
onward
upward
then spring comes
gentle
soothing
the ice is broken
the water still cold
beneath a clear blue sky
forward
homeward
and the joy of summer
hot
burning
sparks burst into flame
fires burn within
driving me, driving me
onward
upward
until the rain falls
smothering
quenching
and i know there are places
where i may not go
for the rain must fall
cooling
confirming
but just once
just once
i had to try