copyright 2012 artemis sere.

they bear
the burden
of our failures
frail and helpless
these breakable stems
with budding thorns
their thirst for light
suffocated by night
their stretch for height
stunted by violence
their impressionable sight
tinted red by silencers
they are the flower
cloned of wicked water
whose crimson petals
know no better than
to bend, wilt and
weather with 
every new