rose garden

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By Mike O’Connell
the roses in the garden
turned away wilting
not wishing to
waste their beauty on
evil eyes
inky music crying
for the crowd reduced to
followers unsure
of how to get out
of the garden
dollar signs for pupils
afraid to look away
gasping for breath
as the air escapes
sadly singing
a defeated song as
the lions shake their heads
hiding in the shadows
till the evil burns away

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