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Decay consists of a personification of beauty and how it does not last, utilising muted colours and natural imagery whilst also personifying flesh and time. Time overpowers the beauty in the end. This the kind of poem I used to read by White or Caucasian poets growing up, but now I want to try my own take on the idea. This poem explores the fleeting nature of beauty as a person of colour.

warm beauty undulates 

beneath bare brown skin 

threatened by softly fading autumns

as time and grey winter call, she wilts 

relentless time, lust of flesh

flesh gains perspective and thought

and to time, she becomes an exhausted slave

a dark spring waits for her love

who will live in frozen white summers without 

her pink blossoms flowering through

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