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dare, open:
sudden fragrance swirls
leaves petals flutter brushing feathers
shower butterflies flitting morning dapples falling shadow beams
carpet leaf forest floor scenting earth rise morning, 
but, but too soon passing
fragrance forest fade:
fading, final 

long i travelled centuriesʻ stars 
and back, to dying earth; 
a mystic met gave me 
a crystal vial, saying, sadly, 
open this when you return.”