18 September – Ghost flowers

Departed but not gone,
ghost flowers linger on,
echoing blooming tall
despite the fade and fall
of colour, petal and seed.
This is an Autumn tragedy,
glory reduced to parody,
as brown stems still stand proud,
bereft of rainbows shining loud,
all their lustre lost to the wind.
But still I remember their names,
see them and greet them the same,
for even when shrivelled and dry,
they proclaim their histories gone by
and promise resurrection return.

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