~ For those of you who know me you will understand my journey.
For those of you who don't know me ... I would love to hear your interpretation
of this piece.~
~ I Am Rose ~
Each step more atrocious than the last.
Slight slopes then a small dip.
It is then when I pause, though only
momentarily to catch my breath.
Steeper and steeper it becomes
small rocks below me,
Darkness thrusts at a golden sky.
It begins to rain, oh! how I cried.
But the tears wipe away, they always do.
Further on up the trail, I stop to listen
parental birds chirp a song
to their offspring.
Their sweet melodies are painful
I've heard the song over and over and over.
I guess they think it helps,
though a hug would do just fine.
Moving on, a bend in the trail
causes me to stumble.
Falling over the edge, my fingertips grasp
for anything to hold on to.
I'm dangling just an inch above death
and a foot below insanity.
Pulling myself up, Oh so hard!
Deciding to keep moving upward,
just as a huge boulder comes tumbling.
Little did I know, it would be thrown by
the one I loved.
The pain! Crushing, tormenting and cruel.
My body parts all intact, breathing air,
not so bad just a bruise but my heart's still there.
Broken but there!
Seeing the top now, oh! so beautiful.
Reaching out, I can almost touch the sky.
Engraving my name into soft sand that
once use to be cold, solid rock.
Bending to smell the sweet wild roses,
a survivor from harsh days of my past.
I bloomed, I am rose
Things get worse before they get better.
Never a mountain high enough,
that I can't climb.
Even if someday it is alone!
I will survive.
I am rose ...
See how many interpretations you get from this. No matter the struggles we all face many can relate to this piece. I think it is about having a terrible illness and instead of giving in and giving up, you use all your strength to hang on and move past the pain and suffering for the better days and then you grasp them and make the most of them. This was such a powerful and thought provoking piece. Excellent imagery and use of metaphors. In a literary sense a beautiful job and in an emotional sense excellent, inspiring and heartfelt. What a well deserved win. You are an inspiration to many people, especially those who have the pleasure of knowing you!