Roses and Thorns
April 4, 2007
A certain man planted a rose and watered it faithfully, and before it blossomed, he examined it. He saw the bud that would blossom and also the thorns. And he thought, “How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns?” Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose, and before it was ready to bloom, it died.
So it is with many people. Within every soul there is a rose. The God-like qualities planted in us at birth amid the thorns of our faults. Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us, and eventually it dies. We never realize our potential.
Some people do not see the rose within themselves; someone else must show it to them. One of the greatest gifts a person can p0ssess is to be able to reach past the thorns and find the rose within others. This is the characteristic of love, to look at a person, and knowing his faults, recognize the nobility in his soul, and help him realize that he can overcome his faults. If we show him the rose, he will conquer the thorns. Then will he blossom, blooming forth thrity, sixty, a hundred-fold as it is given to him.
Our duty in this world is to help others by showing them their roses and not their thorns. Only then can we achieve the love we should feel for each other, only then can we bloom in our own garden.
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– Jemima –
The Rose With A Thorn
The life of a rose
Being showered with love and care
Stemming out from a little seed
Standing strong with healthy colours
Blooming brightly with the sun’s ray
Red as blood, fully maturing
Stemming with a thorn
A single thorn
Piercing through the flesh
Dye of red on the stem
Red of blood, the colour it blooms
Hurts more than ever
Than those with many
Needle sharp thorns
Supposedly easier to handle
The rose with a thorn
– Zeroimpact –