The scent of lilacs never fades
even when the leaves give way
to frost’s most lethal bite.
What matters if the foliage
has lost its splendor?
Lilacs are not noted for their shade.
I dare say none have ever bloomed in vain.
For what is life without such simple charm?
are known to brighten darkest haze.
More than ember, they are the spark
that helps to keep us warm on winter days.