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  • Writer's pictureDon Rearden

Skulls and Roses


[here is my dear friend Roger Sparks with a board he designed for GoRuck / Street Plant. I helped him tell his story in Warrior's Creed]




Skulls and Roses


(For Roger Sparks)


how does a man

trained in the art of war

and rescue

trade his M4

for what, a loaded tattoo gun


once causing, closing wounds

and closing eyes

in the field

for all, cemetery tears

skulls beneath roses


now he imbues the skin

skulls with roses

for the grieving

for the broken

to close the wounds within



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