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December Blossom – highly commended

December Blossom – highly commended
July 5, 2016 Lynne Ling

 December Blossom


Fragile in the dark, dank wet.

A protest of premature loveliness.

A flickering flame to be snuffed out

by wind, water and belated frost.


Should we celebrate your presence?

Bringing promise ahead of time?

Or fear for an unsettling future

Where no season is ever foreseeable?


Yet wasn’t it always so?

Costly hopeless protest

Sending a melting trickle down spines

of those who would freeze history.


Suffragettes made Churchill shiver

more than Boers and Blitzkrieg.

Luther King Jr. made Klansmen tremble

more than even Lincoln and Grant.


Gay, lesbian and trans folk at Stonewall,

In the harshest weather, terrifyingly out of season,

fell before brutal baton charges,

but beckoned an unlooked for spring thaw


December blossom will not last.

Yet isn’t such seeming forlorn sacrifice

the defiant pink protest banner

of the Easter kingdom which is to come?


© Ken Stokes

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