How do you make a lilac last?
It blooms like the sun and wilts before it sets.
Its perfume follows you around like an elegant shadow,
leaving purple petals at your heels like you’re a goddess who’ll need to find its way home.
But you’ve made new homes.
Grown fond of other flowers.
And though the petals keep following you,
hoping any minute now you’ll remember to turn back,
lilacs wilt too soon.
Sooner than you notice you’re in love with them.