A Final Bloom

By Andrew R. Duckworth

Photo and editing by Andrew R. Duckworth
Pink petals on a final bloom
Amid the dead and dying
Stand out as rays come pouring down
And hit the petals shining.

How long can a poor thing endure
When the world starts closing in
To tear those petals from the stem
And make the world dead ground again.

A final bloom, it’s all that’s left
Before winter arrives.
May this bloom last out the harsh cold
And have a chance to thrive.

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