Thursday, 19 June 2014

A White Rose in Autumn

A white rose symbolises innocence, and in Scotland, watching a white rose wither away or finding a white rose in Autumn is an omen of death. Also, because it is not just the women who get raped.

The leaves hurried about in a frenzy
Gold, yellow, scarlet colored the pavement.
He walked, his shoulders squared
Footsteps echoing off the lonely road.
The sun rose steadily,
as a solitary bud emerged
He stopped momentarily,
Then fearfully hurried past
He heard howls in the bright day
They were creatures of dark
The flower bloomed and blossomed
Unaware of the evil that lay
They, the beasts, cornered him
There was no escape
Not then, not ever
The white rose swayed in the wind
They sneered, they grabbed, they killed
He begged, he pleaded, he cried
One by one, they plucked apart his petals
Wasted and destroyed, he lay
Lying naked on the stone floor
Blood trickled past him
He saw a flower withering away at last
He saw a white rose in the autumn.

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