Beauty

Beauty lies
not in perception
but acceptance
Acceptance of
what is in
the moment
This moment
knowing the next
will change
Watching a flower
through days’ time
Petal opening to sun’s light
and warmth & retracting
as sun fades into
evening
The flower’s beauty
does not diminish
as its petals close
Nor does your beauty
diminish with age
time
wrinkles
Beauty grows with acceptance
of each passing day
gray hair
wrinkle
Beauty grows in each moment

Chris Riley