“A light in the dark”

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.

Very wrong.

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