I didn’t know, when I hung the lantern all those years ago, that it would still be there. Hanging on its branch in the lonely tree.
I hung it there when I was young.
When I used to spend a lot of time there, in those woods.
I never thought it would stay there.
I always thought someone would take it down.
I never thought anyone other than me would think it was nice with a bit of light in those dark woods.
But I was wrong.
Now, standing in the clearing, I can see the names people have carved into the trunk of the tree.
And I could see me my lantern still hanging there. Providing light for all those who enjoy the woods.
I didn’t know when I was younger that such a small act would provide light for so many people.
I always thought I was the only one who’s nights would be lit by the lantern.
I was wrong.
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