Ties That Bind

Ruddy cheeks with carmine blush,

Sharing whispers, soft and hushed;

Secret meeting of the minds,

Crimson veins are ties that bind.

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…