Mardi Gras Costume

Mardi Gras  costume and mask over face,

Twirling of ribbons and finding of place,

Stepping in time to the autumnal beat,

 Outlandish fall foliage parades down the street.

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Embers Mark Your Dying Days

Embers mark your dying days;

heat pastes brilliance to ruddy cheeks

as you burn out –

but what an ending!

You go out with a bang,

knowing that

even Death

cannot hold you long…