My Love-Lies-Bleeding ( A villanelle)

Long slender spikes of red

A tasseled beauty everlasting

Decorating tombs of the dead

Save the ailing from the dead

Color ever blasting

Long slender spikes of red

Planted in your ornamental bed

In a perpetual state of fasting

Decorating the tombs of the dead

The rose will never be misled

Your reign forever outlasting

Long slender spikes of red

Hang low your drooping head

An extravagant hue contrasting

Decorating tombs of the dead

Watered carelessly until you bled

Now a  seeded life recasting

Long slender spikes of red

Decorating tombs of the dead

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