Rose


Rose

We are all filters of the world,
taking the news in—the happy births 
and inane deaths, the charities and cruelties,
the beauties and the gross ugliness
of nature and of human nature. 
These things pass through us or get stuck,
taking us with them into the poles of our own natures.
Those ills of the world we choose to dwell on
change us if we are not careful to let them go again
or to act in a manner opposite—
which causes us to seed new hope
which just might, just might
catch hold in the sieves
of others

and bloom.

A concrete poem is one that takes the form of what it describes. I could find no photo of a rose in my photo library, so the form of the poem will have to do to illustrate its meaning. 

The prompt today was “filter.”

10 thoughts on “Rose

  1. carol1945

    This is a fantastic poem.”These things pass through us or get stuck,
    taking us with them into the poles of our own natures.” Mr. T. is getting all this attention, and it is bringing out the negativity in everyone. It is all ugly.

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  3. Gabe Burkhardt

    what a beautiful piece of prose. I’d previously believed that the solution is to simply replace our filters when they get clogged. However, maybe, just maybe, we can be selective about the things that we hold on to. a lot to think about… thank you very much for sharing this with us.

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  4. Glenda Martin Roman

    Is there, in recognition of the truth and beauty in this piece, a simple way to forward it? If allowed? Or could I copy it – with all due credit – and paste it in messages to others? Would I need your permission with each item – again, if allowed at all? Thank you for your poetry, also for sharing Morrie.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      You may always share anything you wish of mine, with attribution. The easiest way would be to give them a link to my blog. If you don’t want to do that, I could send you a jpeg so the form stays the same. Otherwise, the font changing would change the form. xo J

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