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Klaus J. Gerken

no one plucks limp flowers
they’re not much in demand
youth is sacrificed on purpose
where beauty is at hand

we do not mourn the ugly
we mourn a joy forever
without the sacrifice of beauty
we have no bold endeavour

war’s beyond a meaning
so the old pluck virile flowers
to send to graves revealing

what harbours in their minds
where ugliness is beauty
and beauty’s left behind.

kjg 114am 31 jan 2014

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