Poppies Bloom


Poppies Bloom

 Standing at the edge of the unknown

The uncertainty of time

A ruthless foe

You grieve for what you’ve lost

Your face in the mirror

The reminder of an ebbing beauty

Brings to mind other losses

So many, too many to catalogue

You feel a smile in your heart

And see it creep across your brow

And shine from deep within your eyes

All that has passed

And all that has been lost

Is not too painful to recall

The lines that mark your features

That with each searching thought

Deepen and appear

In places that reveal their origins

Those lines of pain and pleasure too

Carved over decades of living

And love

Without them

Your canvas would be blank

Devoid of heart and memory

These scars of life

These history books

You read them all as they appear

And you hold to them as precious jewels

For they are written in your heart

Like poppies that bloom for just a day

Then pass away

© Ann Bagnall 2020

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