A Poetic Reason for Roses Having Thorns

Most people exist in banal form...

hurrying, scurrying on their way...

watching their watches...

never staying...

feasting on a world of beauty...

more interested in the beauty that pays...


mayhap there be nothing wrong with this...

after all even the artist...

when tired of asceticism...

finally bows to his stomach...

every so often also the dime...


yet this isn't how we start...

as most artists who haven't bowed agree...

putting on beauty while feeding themselves...

seeking not a penny for their troubles...

find that they do so at some risk...


For ego's sake this risk they must answer for...

growing up from cracks in the pavement...

seeking fluid and light to grow...

often from the strangest of places...

being often stepped on and disregarded...

bearing the wounds and scars of the masses...

every now and again...

the banal try to eradicate...

that which defies their foot...

what a sin!


If one can defy the masses however...

forgiving them in turn...

growing all the same...

throwing down roots too deep to expire...

busting up the cement with unmeasured strength...

then one can exist in the banal sense...

don't ask of the world grand applause...

but existing for one's own self all the same...

your fellows who did the same will notice and bow...

maybe then you can shelter and encourage to grow...

another young sapling trying to escape the cracks...


Yet in all of this I feel off course...

we exist because we defied them all...

and must defend ourselves or fall...

so thorns and bark...

choking vine...

we throw out distance from the mob...

accepting our difference in the face of scorn...

culturing the light within in despite of the boss...

we in so doing live. 

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hillrider 5 years ago from Mid-west United States

Intrinsic worth is derived from within while value is often a commodity decided upon by another. This piece is indicative of the difference between value and worth, as determined by society. I liked this.


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago Author

That is an interesting point and not far off but not intrinsic to the meaning of this work. I imagine as roses and writers the only thing keeping us going is a sense of our self worth. It isn't why we have thorns though.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...just simply a divine poetic intellectual you are - and I always put your cerebal writing on a higher level than the rest of us ........ as you set high standards on how the art of poetry can be achieved through a gift such as yours!


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Jaggedfrost 5 years ago Author

hehe, now you make me blush. It is my purpose to prompt thought but poetry is not for thought alone. I find it useful for that purpose as it lets people be as dishonest in their reading as they choose and gives the writer plausible deniability should the comment come too close to the mark.

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