Poem – “She, of Submerged Beauty” – Romanticism – 1/20/2021

Open wide
The winter that discloses
The paradise

Kept to the enclosed
Arms, for what you nurture
Left to the eyes
Of your own.

Your beauty dies
Upon mimicry

Of ever-falling leaves in a season
So soon to leave,
Dropping bloodied blades
To the flesh
Of cold earth.

Drink this chalice
Held of your tears,
Thin-beauty
And countless fears.

Feast your mind
Not upon your heart,
For a second in time,

That tears might not depart.

Lilly-padded hopes,
Felled blossoms of warnings
Cherished among daffodils,
With dandelions, too many.