It was never by their damaged petals

nor was it ever from their fallen wings

or even the stripes on their backs

oh no!..but it was from their hearts we could see

…. from the hearts of our heroes and martyrs….

hearts they insisted on wearing on their sleeves

that we could bear witness to fortitude

and know the meaning of purpose

©Vivian Zems 

Real Toads-Bits of Inspiration

Inspired by Tupac Shakur 1971-1996……The Rose That Grew from Concrete