The White Rose

shadows
  creep
into fertile black soil
  strangle roots
exquisitely…
  slowly…
’til they are entangled
  in an embrace
    of suffocation

death
  creeps
up wilted stems
  above
a crumbling ridge
  of dirt
seeking
  once-hopeful buds

cuts
  through green
bloodless leaves

  rips like acid
through spiked thorns

death
  tastes
the sweet white petals
  …devours all hope

thunder pounds
  against dark clouds…

too late
  the rain begins to fall

©March 2011 by Phyllis J. Hanniver



“The White Rose (German: die Weiße Rose) was a non-violent/intellectual resistance group in Nazi Germany, consisting of students from the University of Munich and their philosophy professor. The group became known for an anonymous leaflet campaign, lasting from June 1942 until February 1943, that called for active opposition to dictator Adolf Hitler’s regime.

“The six core members of the group were arrested by the Gestapo (German secret police) and they were executed by decapitation in 1943. The text of their sixth leaflet was smuggled by Helmuth James Graf von Moltke out of Germany through Scandinavia to the United Kingdom, and in July 1943 copies of it were dropped over Germany by Allied planes, retitled ‘The Manifesto of the Students of Munich.’

“Another member, Hans Conrad Leipelt, who helped distribute Leaflet 6 in Hamburg, was executed on January 29, 1945 for his participation.

“Today, the members of the White Rose are honored in Germany amongst its greatest heroes, since they opposed the Third Reich in the face of certain death.”
(via Wikipedia)

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About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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2 Responses to The White Rose

  1. june gillam says:

    A grabber of a poem!

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