Unke(m)pt

You want to retain beauty

Paint it in permanence

Capture it in creases

of shrivelled palms

 

Hoard it

Store it

Wear it out

 

Petals press into parchment

Blotches of ink

flutter off pages

to emboss leaf veins

 

Nectar drips

Honey leaks

 

Words are garlanded in floral confetti

 

Washed

Dried

Left to hang

 

You make morgues

And strew them with words.

Cages rattle

Poetry hiccups

Dead flowers nest

Spine to spine

 

Flowers festoon your hair

Butchered corollas

croon in your bookshelves

 

No body turns

To face the sun

 

Loneliness feeds

off perpetuated prettiness

 

We kiss dead bodies

Goodnight.

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