scarlet and sage
a season you are scarlet, another sage.
romance, rebel, remain ribald, risque.
your life all ordered chapters. turn a page.
restrain, reserve, resign to put away.
a garnet gown, a ghost inside your head.
they tell you that you have to cut your hair.
the girl who hides inside, except in bed,
will scream to be herself everywhere.
a garden’s beauty lives in color, range.
all blooms begun, die in every hue.
what’s beautiful must not be made to change.
a ruby bud still lives inside of you.
be blades and stems, tulips every stage.
don’t ever let them make you act your age.