Mary’s Memoriam

Broken like a casket box–

then waves of sudden cold

puddle on the head and hair

dripping off the beard.

Overpowering all else

an earthen, floral note–

extravagant, and rich

embarrassment of eager zeal.

Lasting for a moment–just

the ostentatious show

outpoured, and used and sudden–gone.

a year of lavished work.

Just so–the trail of fragrance

long replayed

remains to ages hence

memoriam to costly grace.

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