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Roses of Humanity

Burn the bush and eat the fruit.
Take everything you can from this life.
It’s not meant to last
And you came first
Rules of the desert 
Leave the dead and wounded behind.
Bushman, atavistic warrior
Live by the spear and die by the machete
An  AK47 by your side.
Sixteen years old
Never felt true love
Lying there in death
Bleeding from your mouth
The roses of humanity
Have left their thorns in your throat
You never cried
You never laughed
You barely lived 
And then you died.


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  1. Date: 7/24/2014 9:57:00 PM

    Fantastic write, on a sad but ever so real topic.
  1. Date: 7/24/2014 8:48:00 PM

    Live in the moment, and yes, remember to take all those moments and live them. I like this! Truly enjoyed your poem.