Lately Lily

Lately Lily

admired far and wide
not all that long ago

said to be a beauty
before she faded so

not like they disappear
or anything like that

(are people like that too
we may have to wonder)

that once we mature
our colours fade

sad visible decay
fading our colours
making us invisible

we know we're more
than that (or hope so)

petals begin to rot
before they fall

dry up when they fade
losing extravagant colour

vestigial beauty remains
a ghost of our former beauty
while inwardly we grow
some other kind of beauty

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