Guest Barista December Rose-On the Backs of Vagabonds

The air I breathe is stifling me

I swear I’ll run away when I’ve got all I need to pave

The safe road, brick by brick, stone by stone

And then I realize the ground ends at the sky

So I’ll affix some wings and catch the warm breeze in spring

But for now in the cold, in the winter, I fold

Into the hollow, the places snow can’t follow

I’ll fold into the earth and pretend it knows what I’m worth

When the warm breeze heals winter’s freeze

I shall emerge ready to purge

The flight from my soul, the whimsy and droll

But from disuse, flight seems so abstruse

Once again my supple wings bend

Long awaited, ill-fated

I won’t take flight again

So ignore those who failed to raise the sail

Who refuse to stand, to strike up the band

There will always be tempest to lay you to rest

So face the storm headlong while your wings are still strong

And take to the sky, it’s been yours the whole time

This Kingdom built on the backs of vagabonds

We few know where we belong

Not all who wander are lost – J.R.R. Tolkien

Not all who lay foundations build a home – December Rose

My name is December Rose… Well, that’s not entirely true, but I prefer that name as a writer. Just like everyone else, I’m not just a writer. I’m also not just a musician, engineer, coffee enthusiast, or child, but I am all of those things and plus a bit more. I’ve lived life and had my share of wonderful and regrettable experiences, and found that my place in the world seems to be in words. I like to tell stories about my friends because they’re all quirky characters, and I think they could all be legends, if they’d let themselves. I like to write poetry about the beautiful things in life, and yeah, sometimes I get a bit melancholy. Really, my December Rose blog is all about wearing my heart on my sleeve and keeping up my creative writing skills, since my job requires zero creativity, and if I went all day without some sort of outlet, I’d lose myself. I’d appreciate any and all critique (don’t worry about sparing my feelings. If you’re coming from the angle of trying to help me improve, I’ll understand even the most nit-picky critique) because I do intend to write and publish books someday. I also just love people, and if my writing can be an inspiration or simply bring a smile to even one other human, it’ll be worth it to me. My goal is to make memories, be in memories, and give others something to remember.

“God gave us memories so we could have roses in December” – J. M. Barrie (author of Peter Pan)

3 thoughts on “Guest Barista December Rose-On the Backs of Vagabonds

  1. Pingback: Guest Barista December Rose-On the Backs of Vagabonds – The Militant Negro™

  2. Oh, I do enjoy this one… the characters in my head are running loose tonight, perhaps tomorrow morning to celebrate the snow day I will call one in to respond~

    Thanks for writing, thanks for sharing, thanks for Guesting!


  3. this Kingdom built on backs of vagabonds, i love this line, you tell a haunting tale with your poetry and I love the quotes that inspire you, a December rose is rare and much admired, as you are too.


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