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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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

10 Responses to “Roses and Thorns”

  1. Kyels Says:


    *hugs back*

  2. tihtahpah Says:


    Nice song. 🙂

  3. Sha Says:

    Roses have thorns, but thorns have roses.


  4. jazzee Says:

    In my humble opinion, our duty is first to find/see the roses within ourselves. Only then are we able to help others find theirs. Also, by just being “all-roses”, we will be able to radiate and emit goodness to everyone we meet.
    I agree with what you said about all of us being blessed with God-like qualities. I believe God (Allah/Universe/etc etc)is in each and everyone of us, it’s whether or not we let his light shine through us.

    Just my 2 cents!

    Thanks, Jazzee. I really like your 2 cents. 🙂

  5. Jemima Says:

    Hello there! Found someone with the same name! But Jemima’s just your penname? I just stumbled on your blog and I’ve enjoyed reading your posts(:

    Anyway, take care! 😀

    Welcome Jemima 🙂

    Thanks for your kind compliments.

    You take care, too.

  6. kenzielee Says:

    That’s really sweet, and a good reminder. It reminds me of this quote:

    Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.

    – Alphonse Karr

    Lovely entry.


    I’m glad you like the post & many thanks for sharing the lovely quote, K. 🙂

  7. Che-Cheh Says:

    True. 🙂

    I’m glad you think so, my friend. 🙂

  8. Lex Says:

    perfections have flaws.

    Yep, Lex. 🙂

  9. I just repel roses with my sense of humour. 🙂

    Actually, roses really love to be treated bad. We used to have a couple of rose bushes in the back yeard, and one day I really got stuck into them and cut them back to almost nothing … My Ex got stuck into me saying I’d killed te bushes off. The darn things suddenly grew enormous in a few weeks and sprouted roses everywhere. Where as, when I just ignored them and let them grow we’d only get a few roses every now and then. So, I learned, really hacking branches off the bush makes the flowers come out. 🙂

    Thanks for the gardening tip, Dabs. 😉
    This info is even better than what I learnt from Burke’s Backyard. Hahaha..

  10. Ashish C. Says:


    Dabs: Does that thing work if a cow eats the rose bushes?

    *hugs back*

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