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The Flower Peaks Through

May 13, 2015
By Caesar123 DIAMOND, Union Grove, Wisconsin
Caesar123 DIAMOND, Union Grove, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
"Madness in great ones must not unwatched go" --Claudius in William Shakespeare's Hamlet

As I stand there one day
A cool May day
The flower peaks through
Pink and exciting
Vibrant and inviting


The flower squirms through
A little frail stem between the two grand guardhouses
That are nothing but fence panels


The flower bucks through
Its fuchsia heart leaves


The flower bolts through
Bright as a midsummer sun
Viewed through the glass of grandma’s pickling jars


The flower maneuvers
The flower shoves
The flower bursts


The flower spans
In defying those who oppose it
In wiggling past one white giant
And then the other
The flower spans


The flower is no conqueror
No William the Conqueror
No Charlemagne
No Caesar
No Alexander, or Napoleon, or Khan, or Cortes


The flower does not break down walls
Or doors
Or steel cages
That is not its purpose


This flower aims to do just what it is doing now


Because those imposing opaque giants still stand
Their anger still daunting
Their hate still strong-felt
Bolstering the divide


But it is all undermined by one lowly flower
One who spans the divide
One who reaches the divide
One who connects it all
No, no Charlemagne indeed
But no less important

The author's comments:

Inspired by a little flower that was nothing special except for its tenacity to grow between the fence that separates our yard from the neighbors. Enjoy!

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