Fatally fading beauty

'Lunar City'. Paul Delvaux. 1944

Beauty stands and stares into the distance

aloof and distant, feigning disinterest,

the curtain of its youthful skin

fully drawn and cloaking the bones within.

The moonlight shadows concealing

that which is considered shameful,

but nature knows its true worth.

 

The beholder’s eye captures the scene,

a moment becomes a memory.

 

Death, biding its time,

boldly stands its ground and slowly

turns it back on the ephemeral,

wanders into the melting moon’s glow

as surely as only fate can,

while beauty measures and mourns

its fading steps.

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