“Young and Beautiful” – Lana Del Rey
Such a wish have humans,
For the fountain of youth.
Retaining our vivacity,
To maintain an image of fresh faces,
Yet carry the wisdom age gains.
I think if we knew anything,
We’d know it’s a curse to be young forever.
For all such wisdom acquired in life,
There’s a price to be paid.
Experience taught and it —
Marked us with age spots,
With wrinkles and scars,
With under eye circles,
Nightmares and inner trauma.
Journeying through life we learned,
Our lesson, or perhaps we haven’t yet?
When we are young,
We are carefree and full of vigor.
Not thoughtful in how we think or react,
No maturity, no flash of pain;
The liberty of youth suits the young.
But to be a man or woman-child with —
The eyes of our great-grandparents,
Bearing several lifetimes of burdens;
I think, for a mere human,
Would be too much grief to bear.
For the older we become,
We learn from birth we’re dying.
Life is a quest and it’s meant to end.
We’re meant for the heavens,
Free of our lifetime of issues.
Emotional, psychological, and physical decay,
The exhaustion of life.
The old realize when their time is coming —
That it is right.
A lifetime of sorrows, to have so many years,
Would break a soul completely;
Nevermind a physical body.
That’s why the young are beautiful,
Life hasn’t wounded them.
They are too ignorant to see —
Life isn’t meant on earth to be eternity —
The light shining to restore body, soul, and mind,
In heaven shines for all,
In timelessness we will be young,
All of us appearing how we ought;
Handling both knowledge and beauty,
Eloquent and graceful;
Gods children thankful.
And only those who die young,
When life is torn by accident,
By atrocity and ill health,
(And the aged)
Understand this concept.
As their grandparents did or do,
Only the ill and dying, have vantage of this,
Life is so frail;
A wisp of a veil torn,
We’re all too busy living to see.
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