Tupac Shakur

The Rose that Grew from Concrete

Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature's law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping it's dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.

Submitted: Friday, May 25, 2007
Edited: Wednesday, March 02, 2011

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  • Cesar Sanchez (7/14/2014 11:14:00 PM)

    to me this poem can be a short biography of what his life was, he used a flower that is not only beautiful but it also has its thorns, it is perfect with its imperfections. it thrives in a gritty, hard environment that barely gives him enough room to slip through that crack and soar up to shine and be admired.It also speaks of growth and how we must grow in our lives regardless of our surroundings. life can be a huge concrete obstacle that can keep us in the shadows unless we look for that crack in it and use it to our advantage. and i think that no matter how many times we read this poem we will always find a new way to interpret and understand or apply to our own personal struggle. i first read this poem back in 1993 and today i read it to my son and my above post is what he was able to understand and interpret from the poem. my son is 9 years old and his idea of what Tupac was trying to say and what i thought he was trying to say when i read it very different. my son is fascinated by some of his work both musically and specially the books he wrote. and yes the music my son does hear from Tupac is the more friendly music with real messages of what we were living in the 90's. i hope more young minds would open their eyes and realize there is more to life than video games and thats some of their favorite artists are nothing but puppets of the big coorporations that manage them. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (6/18/2014 4:45:00 PM)

    .........this poem has the perfect imagery........with an outstanding message conveyed in this poem....be like a rose that grows in the midst of concrete....always persevere to achieve your dreams....thanks for this wonderful poem... (Report) Reply

  • Broken Shell (10/13/2011 10:51:00 AM)

    The concrete can be the neighborhood he came from.

    Concrete is hard. It could be speaking of the struggle of having to grow up in a rough neighborhood, having to be hard much of the time.

    But, rather than let it define his life and steal his dreams, like the fragile rose, he rose up into something beautiful even if it seemed there was no support like rainwater and sun for soil.

    Contrast the delicate petals against the unyielding concrete.

    You could eat a rose petal, but fall face first and eat concrete, your teeth could break.

    Nevertheless, he rose with dreams the sun couldn't scorch nor concrete crush.

    Rose up and grew into something better than his environment, a one rose garden, with dreams still entact. This is my interpretation in the moment.

    What's yours? (Report) Reply

  • Muhosi Abdalla (9/24/2011 8:55:00 AM)

    Never was a man like tupac.His poems inspire me.one of da best artist of all times.big up ma brother. (Report) Reply

  • Jahrae Patterson (6/8/2011 9:09:00 PM)

    concept is there, the poem is missing...i like the idea but as written thats all it is... (Report) Reply

    Cesar Sanchez (7/14/2014 10:59:00 PM)

    so in your opinion it is just an idea? why? because it is not written in the traditional or known form poems have been written? i wonder if edgar allen poe or even shakespeare had acceptance when they first wrote some of their first literary works, i wonder if the public of that time found their writtings traditional or just mere ideas, one thing for sure is they changed literature with their works. im not saying Tupac Shakur will change literature with his writtings but what i do know is he was ahead of his time and perhaps 50 or 100 years from now future generations will better understand his writtings or not.......

  • GeorgeherII Musiime (2/22/2011 7:03:00 AM)

    Skillfully written for the message gets across clearly; it's no wonder 2pac was a mechanist- articulating issues not from what they could become but rather where they had come am convinced he or some one like him was definitely this rose that grew from concrete (Report) Reply

  • Sarah P (2/12/2009 7:48:00 PM)

    Tupac is talking about how when no one cares, when your dreams seem inaccessable and unachievable, if you perceivere, you can be the rose. it alludes to him being the rose, and how he defied nature by breaking free of his environment. his words were the feet he needed to walk out of there. (Report) Reply

  • Samantha Lastra (2/10/2009 5:05:00 PM)

    i dont really get the meaning to this text and i was wondering if anyone can help me im doing a one pager on it! ! (Report) Reply

  • Mel Vincent Basconcillo (1/15/2009 11:18:00 AM)

    its because of him I write TUPAC, you will live on in my writings and in memory for you are they only ROSE THAT GREW FROM CONCRETE! (Report) Reply

  • Arin Tumanuvao (10/30/2008 6:36:00 PM)

    This is one of the reasons why I enjoy Tupac's songs....He tells it like it is. Straight up! (Report) Reply

  • Faduma Warsame (6/2/2008 3:23:00 PM)

    say what you want but 2pac is a true poet whether he died because of gang affiliated problems. he shows that determination can get you anywhere it shows the truth some just cant see it.... (Report) Reply

  • Konye obaji Ori (5/6/2008 4:15:00 AM)

    This is a poem of determination and faith. Despite being forced to the Ghetto by tools of social and economic inequalities, despite been bombarded with drugs and guns and eagle-watched by the colonial police; to suppress and oppress, a minority from such a system, who makes something of him or her self is like a rose that grew from concrete. (Report) Reply

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