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Tightly Bound

Four stems selected,

chosen for strength,

for beauty,

then cruelly


Deprived now

of nourishment,

separated from

their roots;

if it was not for the fact

that they were already

in the process

of a slow decay,

the way that they

were so tightly bound

would have strangled them


Wrapped up tight

with strengthened twine

the thorns

pierce through

the flesh of each

and every other stem

letting sap,

like blood,

trickle from

the resulting


Submitted: April 24, 2020

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Mike S.

Excellent, Hull!

Fri, April 24th, 2020 6:19pm


I've been slacking with the roses poems, but I will get them finished. Thanks for reading.

Fri, April 24th, 2020 12:00pm

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