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Requiem of Beauty
    When you look at me remember,
    I didn't always look this way.
    I was young, sweet and innocent,
    playful and somewhat gay.
    Once delicate features, withered by the years.
    Flowing hair replaced with chards, one of life's jokes.
    A remembrance of "life is hard".
    And the scars my body keeps,
    too painful to remember.
    Life puts them on so sleek,
    so when we get old they'll be there to see.
    One can only imagine the messages that they keep.

       Nancy Huffines, © 1996
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