Life of Roses

 Pink-Eyed Roses
 Fresh from the greenhouse. Bright and willful,
 Wrapped in buttery yellow parchment,
 Ready to please
 Strong
Self-Confident 
 Soften with age in a few swift-passing days,
 Yet beautiful and joyful with life
 Begin to mellow, to lose intensity
 Unfurling, gradually losing their grip on life 
 Softly saying their farewells
 Holding still the fragrance of all they know
Fragile and sweet to the end.

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