Beauty is a fickle beast.

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Where has it gone to, I'd like to know?

No precipitous flight, but a gradual perishing.

But then I see the young girls flirting  in the park

who must have magically stolen it away.


Chestnut hair, lapislazuli eyes, petal skin,

dècolletè with pomegranate breasts,

hourglass waist, now just a waste,

once able to pick and choose.


So you luscious lasses, heed me I beg.

Enjoy your youthful beauty while you may,

but hedge your bets for future years

acquiring skills, knowledge, relationships.


So that when your looks inevitably fade,

you will still be sought out for other gifts.

For those who've lost it, console yourselves

recalling that many never have possessed it!



◄ Down to earth

Hard Times ►


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jennifer Malden

Sun 7th Mar 2021 16:58

Thanks Nigel and MC for the kind comments and Rose for the like.

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 7th Mar 2021 16:14

I endorse KJ's comment.
"Gather thee rosebuds while ye may..." as the poet wrote many centuries ago. On this subject more specifically, I think of the likes of Sophia Loren and Catherine Deneuve as examples of beauty in later years.

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Nigel Astell

Sun 7th Mar 2021 02:31

Youth is fun
when getting older
it means more
that's all.

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jennifer Malden

Sun 7th Mar 2021 00:01

Thanks for the likes Keith, Holden and Nazia, and Keith for the comment. Glad you found something in it. Just common sense really! If you've bet a lot on looks you're bound to become a b nuisance apart from being ancient! at least you can avoid the first.


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keith jeffries

Sat 6th Mar 2021 22:15

Poetic wisdom at its best.
Thank you

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