Phoenix Picture

Like a phoenix wrapped in fire,
Burns to ashes, his sole desire:
To live forever on earth.

In his age he grows weary and his vision dims;
His heart is failing as fast as his limbs.
And with it all, fades his mirth.

Then just as the reaper comes to harvest,
He considers the phoenix and the gift it possessed.
A little too late, the secret unfolds:
His life in a child could have been a rebirth.

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