Winter Prayer

As winter closes in,
I will fight the coming cold,
the coming dark,
the death around me.
I will fight for life.
And when I fail, as I will,
may it be with grace.
Summer deities,
spirits of growth and life,
stand by me in my struggle.
Winter deities,
spirits of the hard and the dead,
be good winners.
Teach, don't punish me,
who has only fought for what I love.