Mortally Evergreen

Under the lush canopies, she strolled

Morning breeze and dew still lingering

Sunlight shone through the rifts

Of leaves, nature’s own kaleidoscope 


Her Mother had always warned her,

To stay hidden from the sun’s rays

To seek shade beneath the trees

It will darken your skin, it burns

It will blind your eyes, it melts


Yet, she found its radiance 

Comforting and life-giving

Nourishment in its warmth

A glowing, toasty embrace


Perhaps, she shan’t heed 

Mother’s dubious words

If perishing from this heat

Searingly meant her peril.


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