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The Rose...

Updated on November 19, 2014
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Crooked and bent,

the petals looked heavily dusted

and kind of crusted.

The thorns are the sharpest.

The sharpest I’d seen, I touched it

and realized I was heartless

cause I didn’t bleed.

I loved it.


I bent over and touched it again.

I wanted to pick it up.

I spent five minutes

debating in my head.


It was a rose that grew in concrete

on the sidewalk of a tiring city street,

but nobody noticed.


I was on my way to the liquor store.

I was ready to get a bottle of Jameson

to drown my hard day.

I guess that’s what the world made of me.

I had 0 faith.


I picked up the rose and took it home with me.

I took care of it and truly nourished it.

I even revived a bit of its beauty.

It inspired me.

I wrote pages and pages of poetry.

I wouldn’t go out.

I didn’t engage in other activities

because of what I had at home waiting for me.


It was a miracle, a life of glory.

It told a great story

until I noticed, it was starting

to wither away

slowly.


I found faith. I prayed every day,

But I don’t think God heard me.


The rose that grew from concrete

crooked, mean and dirty

died on me.


I cried for days.

I showed up to work late

until I stopped going.


I had a dream

about a man who told me

to keep my head up and smile.

So I did, but I faked it.

I think he knew it.


He handed me something like a seed.

It was motivation

and he promised that I could start

a garden on the concrete

through poetry.


I planted the seeds.

Now, I’m waiting to watch the growth

of my family.


This is for you, Pac rest peacefully

and I will send you my roses.


The Rose that Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur

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    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryem 

      3 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks, Jodah. He really was great!

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love this Ryem, great tribute to the memory of Tupac. One wise dude...great poem.

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryem 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      I totally agree, Pac was one of the best to do it. Thank you for commenting!

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      Joe 

      4 years ago from north miami FL

      Awesome Pac really was an amazing soul. Rap Poetry acting the man was impressive definitely in rap and poetry and could have kept rap from going in the garbage world it is now in. He could have kept the genre strong and unfortunately he wasn't around to offer us more of the best.

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryem 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks a lot!

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      truthfornow 

      4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      This is really inspirational. I love the ending about planting the seeds.

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryem 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you, Jackie!

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting and deep. Look forward to reading more.

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryem 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you, Eric!!

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Very nice, I loved Pac's poetry, you did him justice here.

      EWF

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryem 

      5 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you, Mary I appreciate the vote and share. : )

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      This is such a sweet poem about my favorite flower. It did have a happy ending which I liked.

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share, Mary

    • Ryem profile imageAUTHOR

      Ryem 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      Hey, Integrity thanks for stopping by! : )

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      IntegrityYes 

      6 years ago

      Rock on, Ryem!

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      Ryem 

      6 years ago from Maryland

      Thnx Lady!

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      LadyC0310 

      6 years ago

      Interesting

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