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You can have the roses, a hot mess
of magenta and bronze. Keep them.
Just leave me the thorns. Because,
survival is as licking honey, round
rugged corners.

Just keep your bread and circuses, 
and leave me, weathering a storm. 
There is no reason to ridicule faith,
if you have gripe and doubt. 

You can have the roses, no longer
soft and roseate. Keep them. Just,
leave me the thorns. Because I get
that they are bristling conceits, of 
human nature.

Let the chips fall where they may.

 

 

Photo credits: Reader’s Digest

Word group: roses, honey, storm, gripe, bristling, thorns.

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Comments

  1. Wow, another stunning poem, adding your own special magic to the listed words.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rosemary 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  2. paul scribbles says:

    Ouch. This one prickles. Good job Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Paul 🙂 so good to see you ❤️

  3. Jim says:

    Just leave me the broken pieces, I hear that a lot. Also reminds me of when I was growing up and my sister was old enough to eat fried chicken. I gave her the leg I had been having and opted take the wings instead.
    No one wanted them. No one wants the thorns.
    ..

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Jim 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  4. emilie says:

    I LOVE the first sentence, and this:

    “Just keep your bread and circuses”

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Emillie 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  5. annell4 says:

    Gather the chips, for that, is what life is, what is left when the seconds have passed, no longer what is whole, only tiny chips.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely ❤ thanks for stopping by, Annell 🙂

  6. Cressida says:

    Liked the defiance in this poem. Telling someone in no uncertain terms how things are going to be. Enjoyed.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Cressida 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  7. Wow! Thorn stick with this one. Powerful!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Susie 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  8. Rasz says:

    A beautiful poem from a list of 4 words Sanaa. And thank you for the wonderful comment on my poem yesterday!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rasz 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  9. Magyar says:

    beyond the thorns
    shoeless steps into tomorrow
    a new goal

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Magyar 🙂 so good to see you ❤

  10. Vijita says:

    That was so powerful, Sanaa.. absolute magic of words here… I wished there were few more stanza… reading this one aloud was good 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vijita 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  11. Anna :o] says:

    Read this when it first arrived in email and meant to visit, but today realised I hadn’t.
    Your words are truly stunning Sanaa, truly stunning!
    Anna :o]

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Anna 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  12. Margaret says:

    ah… the thorns. One reason I prefer other flowers in a vase – but this poem is fantastic. The fact that “gripe” is in the word list is awesome.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Margaret 😀 so glad you liked it ❤ (thank you for such an inspiring prompt)

  13. Kerry says:

    Because,
    survival is as licking honey, round
    rugged corners.

    Wow! What a magnificent line in a powerful poem of love and loss.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kerry 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  14. Thotpurge says:

    gripe and doubt… can be the thorns in any rosy situation..but sometimes they can be the start of better things!!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Rajani ❤️

  15. Magical Mystical Teacher says:

    I never thought of roses as a “hot mess”—until I read your poem!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, MMT 🙂 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  16. totomai says:

    We need to appreciate the thorns sometimes, you know. Lovely write, Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Totomai 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  17. Sumana Roy says:

    ‘Because,
    survival is as licking honey, round
    rugged corners.’ ….so true and hits hard…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sumana 🙂 so good to see you ❤

  18. Bev says:

    Ah, ditch the thorns. They’re like carrying a grudge. In the words of the self-appointed new bard (Taylor Swift) “Let It Go”! Great poem!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely❤ thanks for stopping by, Beverly 🙂

  19. Mary says:

    This poem shows determination, a strong point of view. Sometimes it is better to refuse the roses.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  20. Rommy says:

    This is a departure from your usual style, but I really like the ferocity of it.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rommy 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  21. Wow, this is a different tone for you, and you aced it. So well done.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  22. Susan says:

    This is my new favorite! I like its repeat of “You can have the roses” and “Just leave me the thorns.” and the change from “survival is as licking honey, round / rugged corners”
    to “they are bristling conceits, of / human nature.” Because even in this dismissal of falsehood you reaffirm the sunnyness that is you–there is something larger that this human just doesn’t understand. But the narrator does.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Awwww!❤ Thank you soo much, Susan 😀 so glad you liked it! I enjoyed writing this one!❤

  23. Myrna says:

    I like this. It’s a defiant dare to life with the awareness that it’s going to give you thorns anyway. Very sharp write Sanaa.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Myrna 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  24. Wendy Bourke says:

    Roses and thorns – an indelible image, symbolizing the disparity implicit in all relationships … in many different ways. An awesome poem!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  25. Elizabeth says:

    I know this experience. Your poem is powerful and defiant. Good for you,

    Elizabeth

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

  26. gillena says:

    Intriguing perspectives Sanaa, I particularly like

    . “Because,
    survival is as licking honey, round
    rugged corners.”

    Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Standard this week

    Much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena 🙂 so glad you liked it ❤

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