A Rose Blooms on Barbwire

He broke her heart for the last time
She left him bathed in fading taillights
Lost in disappearing sunshine

She’d had enough of his sour mash kiss
Of the empty bottles and broken promises
In her rearview stood a man in darkness

He’d fought a battle he couldn’t win
His hope vanishing like bourbon and taillights
Trading love for whiskey and what could have been

She was life, and now life was decay
For the first time in so long
He fell to his knees to pray

A heart of stone can shatter
But heaven takes a broken thing
Collects the pieces that scatter
and makes miracles spring

The sun rises over the dark
The old burns in the fire
New ashes find a spark
And a rose blooms on barbwire

A swastika was painted across his chest
He was trapped in a prison of hate
Shackled by rage and unrest

He was in a struggle like he’d never been
Facing certain death in a prison yard fight
He was rescued by man with different skin

His life was changed by another
Gone was the venom deep in his heart
He who was once his enemy became his brother

The symbol no longer was about hate and race
A fading tattoo across his chest means more
The ink stained scar now stands for grace

A heart of stone can shatter
But heaven takes a broken thing
Collects the pieces that scatter
and makes miracles spring

The sun rises over the dark
The old burns in the fire
New ashes find a spark
And a rose blooms on barbwire

That feeling buried deep in my soul
I spent a lifetime fighting against
Always knew I was in control

I thought I was battling demons alone
With my back against the wall
When all along I was sitting on a throne

I was drowning in the flood
But I rose from the water a new man
Because I was saved with blood

A heart of stone can shatter
But heaven takes a broken thing
Collects the pieces that scatter
and makes miracles spring

The sun rises over the dark
The old burns in the fire
New ashes find a spark
And a rose blooms on barbwire

Every once in a while
A rose blooms on barbwire

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