A Cliche

December 30, 2008
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I know, it’s considered
A cliché type of thing
To make a rose
A symbol for love

But I always thought
That’s just it
A beautiful thing
So powerful
So minute
One concept
In one object

It has many layers
A foundation

It has thorns
Of course
There are negatives
All you want
Is to capture
To hold
That one small
So delicate

You take it
In your hands
And then you see
You feel
For the first time
And the second
And the third
It will hurt you
You will bleed

And maybe
Maybe you’ll learn
Maybe you’ll hold it
Next time

But always
Every time
You’ll feel the thorns
You’ll see the beauty
You’ll have it in your hands
But it will hurt you

If you care enough
If you want it
You won’t mind
The thorns

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BMMSMW said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 8:04 am
a rose reminds me of love and Mr. Wilson cant get a girlfriend! hahahaha:)
and i also think that the picture doesnt make any sense, i think it should b a rose<3
ayaman (the author) replied...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 8:16 am
i couldnt find a rose :(
desi95 said...
Feb. 17, 2010 at 7:56 pm
this is so perfect.....and so true... you captured the meaning of a rose and i can really visualize what you mean
i love it!!!
kiska_puppy11 said...
Dec. 22, 2009 at 10:16 am
Oh my... This is soooo deep. I really like this! It is sooooo true for ANY relationship. Whether it is your friends, family, or sole mate. This explains it all. Good job! Please keep writing.
Gracie F. said...
Dec. 14, 2009 at 11:34 am
This is so sweet and the words you out in to it made it the oppesset of a cliche I love this!
OnceForgotten said...
Dec. 1, 2009 at 11:40 am
You have captured "Love" in a very delicate and beautiful way...good job!
blackamethyst said...
Aug. 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm
I love it. Amazing.
Ryan M. said...
May 29, 2009 at 10:30 pm
this is really good and really powerful. I love this kinda of poetry it has such great flow and depth. Keep up the good work
Jessica R. said...
May 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm
omg this is like my fav. i really like this and now every time i see a rose im going to think of this poem. this is really a good poem.
Dean H. said...
May 1, 2009 at 2:00 am
Great metaphor. I have never really thought of a rose as being such an accurate symbol for love. I wonder, is this how the thorn came to represent love in the first place? By the way I'd appreciate it if you check out my poem, Palmer's Peak. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Sarah D. said...
Apr. 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm
Woow wonderful!!
cross-i'd-leopard said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 2:34 am
that was so beautiful!!!!!!!!!! I took it like it was a warning to ppl to be careful to what you have, because even the sweeest thing in the world can be hurt, or has her/his negative or touchy points. But the way at the end that you said that you won't mind the pain if you want it enough is the dearest thing ever. Definitly true love. You've given the cliche more depth and meaning. I'v read so many poems, but this was defintly the best. Plz tell me what you think about my work! :)
Jennifer R. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 4:01 am
this is brilliant. love is a really difficult topic to write about, but you definitely captured it well with the metaphor. thanks for sharing this! (:
Hillary S. said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 1:47 am
AMAZING metaphor.
winter K. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 12, 2009 at 9:26 pm
the part about the thorns was really deep. thumbs up
Caroline K. said...
Apr. 8, 2009 at 1:04 am
awesome metaphor.
Zoe R. said...
Apr. 5, 2009 at 10:35 pm
this poem is a great exploration of this classic cliche. I can really relate to the part about the thorns. i have felt the thorn of love way more times then i would like. ****
MorningStar15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 2, 2009 at 12:18 am
you are so right, i think that this was a pretty poem lol really,;)
~Peace, Love, and Happiness~
scrperson91 said...
Apr. 6, 2009 at 10:27 pm
wowwwwza tht was the most beatiful thing i think i hav evr!! read...i luv it and i cant get enough...keep writing hon!!
Lily B. said...
Mar. 29, 2009 at 2:22 am
Cliches are under-appreciated. This was such a good poem! Nice word choice. It alamost made me cry, just thinking about my life. Plus, roses are my favorite flower. You rock, keep it up!
meaghan D. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 26, 2009 at 11:58 pm
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