Sweet magnolias

a glorious sight

their luscious velvet

glowing in the soft dawn light

hanging heavy with dewdrops

dripping like tears

one drip one drop

after the other

guarding the place

where you took

your final flight

soft petals scattered

across the dirt

a portrait of sorrow

a poignant reminder

of the passing of time

their fragrance still drifting

lingering forever on my mind

© Ann Bagnall

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