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A Fish or a Rose

Updated on March 10, 2011

Nothing is as it appears
and hindsight bears this out...
Looking back, I see the truth
and marvel without doubt.

Gifts in life presented with
the most loving intent...
arrived quite unexpectedly
wrapped in paper, rent.

And what appeared to be dead fish
was often but a rose...
a fact I would, right off, deduce
with my mind but not my nose.

The greatest gifts, surprises,
were ones with wrap I did abhor...
those opportunities for growth
hand-delivered to my door.

I always got what I did need
at any given time...
albeit but a smile and wink
or a mountain yet to climb.

The most priceless gifts of all, you see
Were those but wrapped in pain.
They were the greatest lessons,
that reaped the greatest gain.

I have to laugh and recognize
how often came a rose...
and all the times that I assumed
with mind but never nose!

Yes, nothing is as it appears
and hindsight bears this out...
looking back, I see the truth
and marvel without doubt.


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    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      C.S. I have to chuckle at your comment, because it is most interesting to me how this lesson revealed itself! I re-read this poem sometimes and kinda tilt my head and think...a fish and a rose, huh? really? but the truth is, that is pretty much how it went down in real life...things that appeared to be disasterous were usually roses that I did not recognize until after the fact...I don't know how to explain it for your read and comment!

    • C.S.Alexis profile image


      7 years ago from NW Indiana

      Really interesting how you turned this one.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      That, Nikki, is so true! Thanks for your read and comment! I so appreciate it!

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      Nikki Wicked 

      7 years ago from Louisiana

      lovely not everything is as it seems. our fishes may be dead, but roses still grow from them. for any battle we conquer we learn more through our defeat.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Larry, thanks! Yes it's true...If I'd used my nose rather than my magic magnifying mind...I may have recognized the roses up front! lol

    • maven101 profile image


      7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      A rose or a fish by any other name is still good, one bad...loved this...very original...Voted up...Thanks, Larry

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you, Kind Sir!

    • arb profile image


      7 years ago from oregon

      This one is absolutley spectacular. Loved it.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks Ruby! It is perhaps a strange comparison...but it sure makes sense to!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Sometimes we look beyond the roses, then the light appears and we see beauty. Thank you. This is not only beautiful but enlightens as well.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      maria.rose, thank you, kindly!

      bb, I honestly can't tell you for I await more to be revealed...but I am very excited about the idea of "Oz" and a journey with you and bella!!! what a grand adventure, indeed!!!

      Spirit Whisperer, thank you kindly, Sir! Hugs!

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      Xavier Nathan 

      7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Very wise words. Thank you.

    • bbnix profile image


      7 years ago from Southern California

      Soooo....when do we work on publishing that incredible book of your wonderful poems you skillfully cook Ms.M...

      And now you've got both Bella and me both breakin' out in comment rhyme - I feel like a dance coming on - you, me and Bella (with our immediate loves of course), in a kind of a "Wizard of OZ" thing .... "We're off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of OZ, because, because, because...."

      Because your the greatest!!!

    • maria.rose profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      Good your hub is very nice. nice comparison of fish or rose

      i like it thanks a lot!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Sweet and smelly huh? lol that is an interesting idea there! lol

      The moral of this poem is that I realize now in hindsight how often I judged lessons and gifts as things that were not what I wanted, like dead fish...when they were roses in disguise...precious lessons that I didn't stop to smell when they arrived on the scene...I tended to judge by appearance find out, now, that they were the most valuable of gifts and lessons...sent my way to help me grow! anyways, guess you had to be of a haha on me...I try today not to judge things by appearance today...Hugs, girl, get some rest!

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This is a poem I'll have to read again and again. I feel dumb at the moment- I can't find the words how to explain the meaning of this hub. But I am sure once my fatigue has lifted, I will decipher if I should find humor in this. I think a subtitle should be "Sweet and Smelly". :)

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      ralwus, You got that you, Charlie, for your read and great comment!

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      7 years ago

      Yes. Pain can make one feel so alive and is good for poetry too. Keep writing my friend. up and awesome. Charlie

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      bows again...a thousand thank yous!!!

    • tumblintumblweed profile image


      7 years ago

      ahhhh.Ms.Tnderhrt,this is a GREAT piece of work.I just love it! You nailed it again,girl!!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      FaithDream, that is quite a compliment...I do love coffee! smile! thank you, sweet friend!

    • FaithDream profile image


      7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Your work is inspiring my heart. I need to start my days with a cup of coffee and a poem by tnderhrt. ;)

      Another beautiful work.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      sweet little rhyme there girlfriend! LOL...made me giggle! It's raining like heck outside and I am here in my little cubby, introspecting with new glasses...thanks for sharing this little observation!

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      From fish to rose

      what are these

      a scent of lifetime woes,

      good golly Lady M.

      You are on a roll...

      smiles :)



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