The Story of the White Rose by Steve Benson

In the forest there lies a little grove

That sits alone outside the shade,

At its core rests a glimmering pond

That gleams to roots decayed.

Within the aura that surrounds it

Resonates the sound of nature’s drum,

Trees bloom with life long forgotten

As if autumn had never come.

The wildlife grazes upon luscious greens

All too content to pay heed to the past,

The numerous plants and flowers

Bask in the rays summer has cast.

White roses open to perfect the scene

Embodying the last spark of the serene,

Purity, innocence, and beauty

Radiate through the ravine.

Outside the forest there lies a soul

Who sits at odds with his own face,

At his core rests a regretful heart

That seeks to be replaced.

Within the blood that flows through his veins

Resonates the beating of a lost drum,

Sorrow blooms with love abandoned

As if it was a fallen crumb.

Agony grazes upon luscious tears

All too content to disappear,

The numerous pains and failures

Flood back into the clear.

White roses droop to reflect his past

Embodying the spirit of what will come to pass,

Misery, silence, and forsakenness

Radiate through shards of glass.

The sun sleeps in the sky

When it’s unable to glow.

I run, I fall,

I reach for the white rose.

In the desert there lies a small oasis

That is free from woe and drought,

It’s the only place amongst the sands

Where the candle won’t burn out.

The heat is great, but there is shade

To quell the perils found in life,

The cacti grow and share their feats

By giving hope through dehydration’s strife.

Here the water forms in a pond

That speaks salvation’s dying tongue,

No vultures circle this sandy solace

Since siren songs aren’t sung.

Upon its shores white roses rise

Under the gift brought by the sun,

Seasons change yet still they stand

Forever pleading the night to shun.

Outside the desert there lies a soul

Who is not free from what she wrought,

The candle flamed of which she yearned

Only to backlash its distraught.

The warmth was great, but it did fade

To the folly of blinking an eye,

The love that grew now faced defeat

By giving trust no second tries.

Here the water runs down her cheeks

That are numbed by endless tears,

No comfort is found in what was lost

Since she made it disappear.

Upon her dress white roses wilt

Under the truths a heart extracts,

Seasons change yet remorse stays

Forever pleading to have him back.

The sun sleeps in the sky

When the horizon makes it so.

I wince, I crawl,

I reach for the white rose.

In the ocean there lies a tiny rift

That harbors a glimpse of paradise,

Steady streams and vegetation

Allow the abolishment of sacrifice.

At its center can be found a fish

That swims around with all the sharks,

Together they live in a united school

Finding no reason to not embark.

Onward they strive through life and death

Never complaining about the waves,

They know the current may drag them down

But they refuse to be enslaved.

Amongst the darkness and the shadows

They still see light enough to see,

Although nothing is ever perfect

They still try to make it be.

Outside the ocean there lies two souls

Who harbor fates similar to our own,

Steady streams of desperation

Lead to paths unnecessarily condoned.

At their center can be found a spark

That swims around within our fears,

Together they ignite spontaneously

Finding no end result but tears.

Onward we strive through life from death

Never expecting the repercussions,

We know the future may drag us down

But refuse today’s discussions.

Amongst the dread and desolation

We lose the hope to carry on,

Although no one’s life is ever perfect

There are remedies every dawn.

The sun sleeps in the sky

So the stars lend us their glow.

I kneel, I stand,

I grab hold of the white rose.


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