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No Bed of Roses: A Poem

Updated on November 20, 2011
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Like broken glass I try to piece together what once was


Looks like this fairy tale was not what I thought it could be


My bed of flowers used to be fun just because


I guess I didn't know there were thorns I couldn't see



Life is harder than I expected


I took a different page than what You directed


I'm not quite sure which future chapter I had inspected


All I know is that a storybook rhyme has not been detected



Waves are crashing around the balcony


Sometimes I long to jump, to show the hero within


Most of the time I know my heart lacks that bravery


My soul battles with You and me, painting on my face a grin



Life is harder than I expected


I try to take the page that You've directed


I made sure your chapters are what I inspected


All I know is that a storybook ending has been detected

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      6 years ago

      Yes, well often in your poetry there is the element of latent transition from the observational to the metaphorical. And with your mindset a sense of spiritual teaching will often of course be present also. So I guess, for someone becoming familiar with your work, that it can be useful for the reader to look for a combination of these things in your poetry.

      Re. tattoos: from your various comments on other ppl’s hubs, I kind of reckoned that it’s a real interest of yours; e.g., to your post, Kittythedreamer said ‘seems we have the same taste in tattoos’ and on one of andycool’s hubs you said ‘I love the star tattoos!’ which I guess prompted me reasonably to assume that you like tattoos very much. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      f: I really like your description. I believe when I wrote this, I was trying to describe someone that wanted to overcome the storms of life by depending on God. True; tattoos are very permanent. I would have to be sure I would like a certain one for a long time before I got inked (still not planning on getting one).

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      6 years ago

      Also:

      'Waves are crashing around the balcony'. Intriguing line, in your poem. Kind of gives the idea of someone prepared to sit quietly and view a wide, coastal panorama, when, instead, the sea's waves get closer and closer and seem almost threatening. Again, with the final line, the moral seems to be to view circumstances with the eye of faith.

      'Hyphenbird and f: I enjoyed reading your discussion on tattoos.' 'It might have some deeper meaning for them. I like that; I would definitely have to be sure if I wanted a certain tattoo.'

      Well, exactly; enjoyable; likeable, as you say, but you have to be sure.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      That's true. :)

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      6 years ago

      PS and I think this thread ties in with some of the other comments which are being made on other of your hubs, too. Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      I'm smiling, too. :)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Perhaps I am; lol.

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      6 years ago

      There. You ARE still open minded about (just possibly) having one.

      You see?

      :)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm smiling. :)

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      6 years ago

      (Smile)

      After all, you've even written an article which was rather supportive of tattooing, and so presumably you want to be a bit open minded about it. :)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Haha; I thought so. You're right. :)

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      6 years ago

      Well, you're wrong then! lol

      Because you need to do what you want to do.

      (With an OPEN mind.) :)

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I might be wrong, but the more you write, the more I think you want me to get a tattoo. lol I guess I have a closed mind then, because I've already decided not to get one.

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      6 years ago

      Again, the moral is, don't close your mind to the possibility of getting it. (Isn't it?)

      Strictly speaking, possibly getting some kind of observation/apprentice role at a parlor, for personal development purposes, and actually getting a tattoo are two quite different issues, of course.

      But since you recognize that a 'deeper meaning' really can be a 'good reason', and you like the idea, then of course you would have to 'be sure', as you say. You need to be sure. And of course if you did ever get a faith related one you it would be as a result of reflecting a very long time beforehand, until YOU are ready, wouldn't it.

      The sensible moral to extrapolate, of course, is not to close your mind to it. Isn't it?

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      That might be a good reason why some women might get that sort of tatoo. It might have some deeper meaning for them. I like that; I would definitely have to be sure if I wanted a certain tattoo. I would reflect on it a long time if I ever got one.

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      6 years ago

      Hyphenbird:

      Re. 'Yes, some of the tattoos the young girls have are beautiful and I feel probably help them remember their path in difficult days. If I saw Love is Kind, Love if Patient, etc on me, I could not be otherwise.'

      Yes, and I reckon, also that they are a two way thing: their designs (which you also find beautiful) serve both as self-reminders, but also to declare to others where they stand. (My further two cents')

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      6 years ago

      You know, with regard to this good poem you wrote, the juxtaposition of roses and thorns in a woman's experience is sometimes reflected even in the sort of tattoo design that some women get. I realize that you yourself would get a Bible verse design, though at the moment doing it is not at all certain; but if did happen, then by your apparently reflective outlook you would, if so, be likely to do it quietly, calmly and boldly. Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Basically, I don't want a tatoo, because it's very permanent. IF, I got a tatto (which is highly unlikely)...lol...then it would probably be a Bible verse. I guess I do reflect awhile before making important decisions as an adult should do.

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      6 years ago

      PS: Your outlook reminds me of what Scarlett Black in her hub 'Tattoos after 35' says: 'One of the big differences between young girls and mature woman tattooing is the design they get. Many woman who have tattooed themselves as college students regret their choice later in life. ... A more mature woman tends to have less regret as her decision is usually based upon a "meaningful" choice vs. a probably spur of the moment inking.'

      So I think your attitude to getting a tattoo would be broadly in keeping with your reflective thinking seen in various of your poems often associated with somewhat older women, really.

      Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      I see...

      Because I'm getting the impression that on the one hand you don't want a Bible related tattoo.

      And then, on the other hand, that you do ...

      (Smile)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, it would probably be a good idea to get a tattoo on my leg, so I could cover it up with pants or a longer dress for work. This is true, but I haven't seriously thought about all the aspects of getting a tatoo, because I don't plan on ever wanting one.

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      6 years ago

      PS: Have you investigated numbing creams? because when using a numbing agent such as Dr Numb, the question of some placements involving more pain than others tends to recede.

      In which case (beside the Bible content of the design which is the most important aspect), it then largely boils down to your personal wish of where you really want the tattoo to be. Blessings.

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      6 years ago

      So in the workplace your (skinny) jeans or other pants would be able to cover the tattoo if it had a calf placement, for instance, wouldn't you.

      Unless you are thinking of an upper level placement such as upper arm, etc (lower arm would take more effort to cover, of course).

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Correct; I'm definitely a pants person. I only like shorts when I'm at home. I wear my skinny jeans to death! lol

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      6 years ago

      Oh, placement is v. important, too. (I was just referring to overall priorities.)

      Re. placement, to some extent, depends if you are strongly a pants person or not, which might have some bearing, too, right?

      And if pain is an issue (unless you would use a numbing agent) a placement that was less boney and more fleshy would also be somewhat relevant for where you would allow the needle.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, it makes sense. Although, for me, the placement would be important as well. I would probably want to place it where it could be covered (like for work) and somewhere that would not produce a lot of pain.

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      6 years ago

      Yes, for many people with a (provisional) tattoo plan for a design that is faith related, such content is seen as far more important than possible options for the placement where the needle might buzz.

      (If this makes some sense to you.)

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Right; if I did indeed decide to get one, it would definitely be a Bible verse, because it would be meaningful to me no matter what age I was.

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      6 years ago

      PS: I saw on another thread what may be a little clue to where you might - just might - eventually feel part of your freedom lies, in relation to going under the needle:

      'if I did, it would be a Bible verse, because that means alot to me.'

      Unless you've changed your mind, and are no longer considering it.

      To each his/her own. :)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      :) (smile back)

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      6 years ago

      :) (radiant smile)

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      It definitely makes sense to me. There's no room for legalism in Christianity. "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36

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      6 years ago

      LOL :) (Blush)

      Put differently, I suppose, you're free, really free as a redeemed adult to make your own choices in the fear of God, whether it would involve your fashion interest, or gauges, or even ... (purely on your initiative and if eventually aspired to) tattoo.

      (Hope it all makes sense!) :)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      No, you weren't unclear; just very descriptive with your lovely word choice. You're right, good buddy. If that was what you call muddled, then I want to read more of it. lol All is clear, my friend.

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      6 years ago

      Ty for being patient with my unclear thoughts!

      What I guess I mean, too, is: don't worry too much if some of your personal choices, fashion, etc. don't fit in with other people's personal preferences. If you know that you are seeking to honor God sincerely, meditating on His Word, then in a good measure you have the right as an adult to forge your own path.

      (There: I hope I haven't sounded too muddled!)

      :)

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      I must confess I had to reread what you wrote a few times. Either you are too brilliant for me or I am too tired; it could be both. :)

      Yes, words can motivate, inspire, influence, uplift, criticize, and affect. The articulation is important when wanting to be a positive influence on others. As you have said, some have taken advantage of the power of words in order to maniupulate and control. Yes, words are reflections of our heart as well; we should meditate on God's word in order to express the truth in love through our words.

      Correct; rebelliousness is all relative to what the culture deems 'cool' or even just accepted. What's more important is to let God and His word dictate our lives instead of what the media or society instructs us to do.

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      6 years ago

      PS: In fact, in some ways, maybe the (moderate) gauges of today are no more 'radical' or 'rebellious' than the double piercings that became in vogue 25 - 30 years ago, really.

      (If this rings true at all?)

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      6 years ago

      Well, I guess that expressive words, if they in some way strike a chord in the rationality and even instincts of the reader or hearer, can in due course be something of a catalyst in the thinking of the same reader or hearer.

      But sometimes there is a need for caution. Sometimes a 'charismatic' leader can move crowds in a direction which they ought not to go.

      On the other hand, a sense of personal responsibility and enhanced adulthood, and a strengthening of what might only be a gradually emerging conviction can be increased by the effect of carefully chosen words. (This also illustrates the sheer value of meditating on Scripture.)

      I guess I'm definitely now talking well beyond the subject of whether a person feels s/he would like to get a faith-related tattoo.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yesterday's rebelliousness is today's standard; it could be true in some ways. I like that: '..particulary when the person's whole motive may be to reflect a deep-seated faith conviction in an inked, aesthtetically postive context.' I believe that's true. You're a very expressive, articulate writer as well. :)

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      6 years ago

      Ebower:

      'I enjoyed reading your discussion on tattoos.'

      Yes, it can be a most instructive, not to say enjoyable, subject to discuss, especially when approached in a wholesome way, can't it?

      Re: 'I think that tattoos have become more of an art form for younger generations. They aren't necessarily a way to rebell but a method of expressing oneself and helping one to remember things close to his or her heart.'

      Well, exactly.

      Like, for example, from the standpoint of today, women who, e.g., double-pierced their ears in the late 1970s, when it might have been a quite edgy fashion statement, may now have daughters and granddaughters who are also double-pierced. In the circumstances, hard to regard as remotely rebellious when women get their doubles done these days.

      I guess the same can increasingly be said about the ever more widespread practice of getting tattooed, particularly when the person's whole motive may be to reflect a deep-seated faith conviction in an inked, aesthetically positive context.

      Blessings.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thelma Alberts: It certainly is. Thank you so much; I work very hard on my hubs and I'm glad I've made it this far. Your welcome; thanks for reading!

      Hyphenbird: I'm so glad you enjoyed it and yes, there's definitely joy in Jesus that no other can bring us. Thanks for sharing!

      f: Yes, I hope to write hundreds more. :)

      Hyphenbird and f: I enjoyed reading your discussion on tattoos. I think that tattoos have become more of an art form for younger generations. They aren't necessarily a way to rebell but a method of expressing oneself and helping one to remember things close to his or her heart.

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      6 years ago

      Hyphenbird:

      YW.

      Yes. Women so often have an especially deep aesthetic insight, and, for younger women, expressing those insights so often goes together with their developing aspirations in life.

      So it's not surprising either that the assertion of the merits of beautiful artwork causes many such younger women with Scripture-informed convictions to want deeply to express it all in the form of aesthetically pleasing, faith related, thought provoking, tattoos.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Hello f. I have not seen that Hub, will go there right now. Yes, some of the tattoos the young girls have are beautiful and I feel probably help them remember their path in difficult days. If I saw Love is Kind, Love if Patient, etc on me, I could not be otherwise. Thanks, Hyph.

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      6 years ago

      Ebower: Yes, I'm sure at your productive rate in the recent past (I shouldn't use the word productive; sounds too much like a factory), there are likely to me more interesting and thoughtful hubs from your keyboard soon, :)

      Blessings.

      Hyphenbird: So you also empathize with Ebower's faith related meditations? Did you also see her interesting hub on Tattoo-friendly jobs? (I saw your comment on the Red color hub, where you mentioned about several young ladies at your church having Bible verse tattoos: it's become popular with young Christians.)

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Ebower, this is lovely. My life in reality was harder than I expected. Now I am years old and it is so much more beautiful than I expected. I never had the fairy tales although I read all of them and saw others living life in a crystal palace with a handsome prince.

      Now, I love with the King! Once I knew-really knew- God, my life turned into a treasure. I say all that to let you know I appreciate your Hub. It brought a new awareness to me of my blessed life. Have a great day. Joy in Jesus, Hyph.

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Yes, life is harder than what we expected. Congratulation to your 100th hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      gustaw1981 6 years ago from Poland

      Thank you for the poem. I especially like the "Life is harder than I expected" line.

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Don't worry I have plenty of ideas I want to express; not to mention all of the words floating around in my heart and soul just waiting to be published! 100 hubs is only the beginning. :)

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      6 years ago

      May there be many more, anyway

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you! I'm excited I've come this far! :)

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      6 years ago

      PS Congrats on your 100th hub!

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, we, as Christians, can look forward to heaven no matter what. :)

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      6 years ago

      Powerful line, in sure faith: 'All I know is that a storybook ending has been detected'!