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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.

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