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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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  • Quinton Drizzle (4/8/2013 9:01:00 AM)

    My name is quinton and im from maine and im gay

    38 person liked.
    106 person did not like.
  • Sabrina Huaraque (4/10/2012 7:24:00 PM)

    i absolutely love this poem

  • 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?

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

    Never was a man like tupac.His poems inspire of da best artist of all times.big up ma brother.

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Ana Monnar (10/26/2010 8:11:00 PM)

    Very cleverly written and fantastic imagination.

  • Tashawnda Nolley (10/25/2009 11:41:00 PM)

    i love this poem! ! ! ! !

  • Kerry O'Connor (7/25/2009 8:16:00 AM)

    This is one of my all time favourite poems. So glad to find it on Poemhunter.

  • 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.

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