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How the Spider Mum flower thrives:a sonnet on overcoming obstacles

Updated on August 13, 2013
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Enjoy this cute little video-check out how penguins deal with their problems!

The Spider Mum (known as the football mum), with its hooked end, is a member of the chrysanthemum family. A hardy flower, it retains its blossoms long after they have been cut. They have come to represent different things in different countries. In Japan, they represent happiness. In both Japan and China, they represent nobility and the royal family.

One of the qualities that the spider mum has, and is seldom mentioned, is its quality of resilience. Its many florets or little blossoms within still bloom after the flower's stem has been removed from its roots.

Like this hardy little flower, we face tough times. We can move on with a little patience, determination, courage and a little faith in yourself.

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How should we overcome obstacles?

Growing, reaching, hooked stem so robust;

Able to withstand the throes of harsher climes

To thrive despite the withering hands of Father Time

Not inclined to fade with drying blows of heated dust

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Its green petals flower with calming patience,

blossom after lengthy, timely wait;

gracious poise, this flower’s humble trait

springs upward, gentle yet with tough forbearance

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Stems move toward the sunlight, persevering

Leaves of courage bound forth now, and grow;

Roots of firmness, secure unto the earth

Faith in its own blooming it does show

Gentle pride in its blossoms so endearing.

How do you usually deal with your obstacles?

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When we go through the tough times, remember this flower, which strives to survive no matter how hard it is.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A sonnet on overcoming obstacles.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      a lovely way to start my day....especially since I woke up feeling a bit out of sorts. Thank you.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Truly a wonderful wakeup this morning and great lesson about looking towards the flower for inspiration. Thanks Michelle and of course I voted up and shared, too!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I have to agree with Carol and Janine, this was a great way to start my day. Your sonnet is so "robust" and yet calming. You pictures are lovely and the video is too cute!

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      What a cool looking flower! I didn't realize those flowers were a variety of mum. It is absolutely amazing how such a fragile-looking thing can have such resilience.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Beautiful poem and message. Looking forward to browsing your work!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Michelle, I enjoyed learning about the Spider Mum which by way is a unique and beautiful flower. Your sonnet is awesome. I talk to loved ones or walk, listen to music, exercise and if all else fails I scream, luckily that rarely happen :)

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      Lucille Apcar 4 years ago from Mariposa, California, U.S.A.

      Mostly cultivated in beautiful ceramic pots, the Chrysanthemum is the symbol of the Yamato Dynasty royal family. The 16 petal mum, either embroidered or woven into the kimono fabric designates a member of the Imperial family, for each of those removed from immediate relationship a petal is removed. Some have five petals, six, seven, etc. The kimonos are invariably black with the emblem appearing on the back and on the "tamato" or sleeve. The earlier dynasty, that of the Tokugawa era used the hollyhock emblem.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Penny for the input on the Yamatos. It's interesting how the chrysanthemum is always a flower which symbolizes royalty! Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a beautiful flower and what a lovely metaphor. Well done, Michelle. Nature provides us with so many lessons if we are willing to learn.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      This picture drew me in--good words for me to hear today! Thank you!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful poetry and beautiful; images.

      A sure combination for a winner.

      Thanks for sharing this gem and have a wonderful day Michelle.

      Eddy.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Beautiful poem midget, and so true. If a lovely flower can do it, so can we! voted up and shared! nell

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A thoroughly beautiful hub, great images, loved the poems.

      My best to you.

      Jo

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Carol, glad that it made your day, and blessings for awesome days ahead!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Glad that it was balanced that way! Thanks for sharing, Mary!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Natasha! Thank you! Nature indeed teaches us much. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, bizarett!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Glad you enjoyed it, Sunshine!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes indeed, Bill!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, we need some positivity! Thanks Audrey!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      This is lovely and so meaningful. A beautiful interpretation of a flower and what we can learn. Always so much we can learn from nature. Thank you for this.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Your choice of beautiful pictures really go along with the message of the poem.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Michelle...I could, at times, certainly learn a thing or two from this flower...will have to keep it in mind...inspirational work, thank you:-))

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      The penguin video was so darn cute. I enjoyed how you used the the spider mum as a comparison for people to get through hard times! I found it inspiring! Kathi :O)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Eddy!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Indeed, if a lovely flower can, so can we. Thanks, Nell!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Jo, thank you!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes Yravmaj, nature teaches us much! Thanks for sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I really enjoyed reading this. Some flowers amaze me in their ability to adjust no matter where you plant them or care for them. I loved the video you chose of the Penquins; adorable!

      Voted UP, etc. and shared. Oh, I Pinned and Twitted, too.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I love reading different poetry forms. This one is profound and beautiful.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Lovely sonnet! I like it very much

      And I was so glad to learn about the spider mum. I am ver familiar with that flower. The florist always put them in the fresh cut bouquets for the cemetery, because they lasted so long and they are so big a beautiful. I never knew what they are called... thanks. :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      What an excellent sonnet and a beautiful hub. Congratulations. Jamie

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Nancy1

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, amazing what a tiny flower can teach us! Thanks, Valley!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Glad you enjoyed the video...couldn't resist putting it in when I saw it, because it connected so well with the hub. This flower certainly teaches us much! Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Yes, this is definitely one of those flowers, Mary! Thanks for sharing!!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Vinaya, glad you enjoyed it!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Dana! That's the great thing about these...because they last, and are so pretty...so they make a perfect gift, much better than roses. Thanks for sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jhamann!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Jhamann!

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      Bake Like a Pro 4 years ago

      Great hub midget38. What a beautiful way of getting the message across. I love flowers and nature and enjoyed your poem very much along with the beautiful images. Voted up and sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks so much, Bake Like A Pro! Glad you liked the poem and photos!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful sonnet and an inspiring portrayal of a flower. Enjoyed reading and voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Nithya

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      Jose Velasquez 4 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I love how you made the connection between this flower and life.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Phillydreamer!

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