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It Is a Rose Sprung

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es ist ein 'Rose' entsprungen

Just outside the city walls ringed in roses,
Rosenfriedhof, Rose Cemetery blooms,
fairest in the Fatherland.

Leaven cakes iced in concrete or royal brass
pan the gravel paths; the husks which lie here, 
no longer have a care, no longer wish for power,
no longer seek false glory. Yet, even blest ground
can not stay the rancid thoughts that rise— 
sewer fumes amongst the roses.

ashes, ashes, we all fall down

Plagued by ignorance, then by pride, as supplicants 
they came to death and lay, side by side,
and someone planted roses. 

Open-petaled, lotus-like, sweet-scented, are the
posies, but nothing alive can mask the grotesqueri
of Nuremberg’s past purges.

ashes, ashes, they all fell down

The ring of sieg heil, the click of heels, the Fatherland
an ever present reverie, latent, just below the sugared
crust; the piping swirled, the surface glaze
of pretty roses.

First Published in Page & Spine winter of 2016

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 10/9/2016 12:30:00 PM
"...someone planted roses." Indeed, in the midst of such horror, the human heart still clings to love, to hope. Gives god a chance to get a word in edge-wise.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 10/9/2016 7:42:00 PM
Thank you for the comment Robert!
Date: 9/19/2016 12:58:00 PM
Hopefully, the good will be able to contain the evil. As you indicate evil is just below the surface. Powerful work here! Let me know shat you think of my latest! Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Date: 9/4/2016 8:13:00 AM
Debbie, exceptionally thought-provoking. What was, was, and the sweet scent of roses cannot change that. I read your poem several times; with each reading it became a more powerful statement of a truth we seek to conceal. Excellent by the most stringent standard. hugs xxx Paul
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Date: 8/1/2016 8:33:00 AM
Congrats on the publication. Outstanding poem. Enjoy your scepticism.
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Date: 7/24/2016 8:22:00 PM
Congratulations on having this piece published, it is exceptional!
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Date: 7/21/2016 8:50:00 AM
It is always a pleasure for me to read your splendidly written poetry, Debbie. I learn a lot about poetry through reading your work. #7. T.J
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 7/21/2016 12:23:00 PM
what a sweet thing to say Teppo! I miss you!
Date: 7/19/2016 8:11:00 PM
"A rose by any other name". This poem is remarkable Debbie! Your poetry always impresses! 7 ; )
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 7/19/2016 10:22:00 PM
Thank you so much Connie! I enjoy your verse as well!