Black Short Stories : Why do Roses have thorns?

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  1. Qwamii

    Qwamii Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Why do roses have thorns

    “Qwamii” my Ganama called out. “Comon! We gotta go get some berries!” I liked following Ganama through the fields I got to taste all the sweet fruits. I’d hold on to her the hem of her dress while she test what seemed to be like every berry for the perfect ness of size, color and smell. About once every stop she’d ask, “Do you think these are good enough?” That was my queue. “I done know Ganama,” She’d then give me a smile as if she knew I just wanted to taste one. “Here, why don’t you try this …?” “Okay!” I’d say before she could even get the whole statement out. “That one was good Ganama, I think they’d be OK”.

    “Be careful!” she yelled out stopping me dead in my tracks. I was so taken by the taste of the berry I just had I didn’t realize that I almost walked into a rose bush. “You see you have to be more careful son. These flowers here are very precious”, she went on to explain. “Why?” I asked. She went on, “they are the most fragile but carry a lovely fragrance, a fragrance that gives hope to all that can smell”. “Can I try Ganama?” I anxiously asked. “Sure son but be careful”. I rushed in to get a smell of this beautiful flower. I couldn’t quite get close enough so I reached out and grabbed it. My eyes started to fill with water as I felt the sting in my little hand. My Ganama heard the whimper of a 3 year old. “You forgot to ask it if you could enjoy the pleasure of its smell Qwamii” she said as she held my hand. “Ganama, if the smell is going to give me hope why does it have knives?” I whimpered. “They all don’t have THORNS son”. They have a beautiful smell that everyone wants to themselves instead of sharing and when they’re done smelling them they toss them. One day just one rose bush was tired of being picked, used and thrown out. It grew thorns so that the wrong people would stay away. But when it grew thorns it hurt the bush that was next to it, so that one had to grow thorns. Soon just about every rose bush have thorns”. She then pointed to one particular rose bush and said, “Not all roses have thorns Qwamii”. That is the one that you have to nurture so that it can tell and show the rest of them that we truly love them. Soon they will heal and give hope to everything freely again.” I heard every word and could only reply “Ganama do roses talk?” She laughed and said “yes son, but you’re too young to know there language. You’re young now; one day when you get older you’ll find a special rose. If you do as I say that rose will help others to heal and give hope to all once again.”

    Thank you Ganama
    ~Qwamii~
     
  2. watzinaname

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    Yes, what isn't nurtured grows a sharp shield of protection, what is nurtured reaches out and offers the same. A potent message, wrapped up in an endearing story. Much enjoyed!
     
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    First I must :bowdown: to your Grandma ...deep warrior Queen!!
    Wow, I am speech-less ...not because I have nothing to say, but because it's hard to add to "Truth" .."Wisdon" and "Royality!!
    Awesome piece poet, awesome indeed.
     
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    For a man of few words you sure said a mouthful!!!! I agree with Sis. Watz, Sis Ssalaams89 and Queen. This was very profound. It made me think of myself...

    Very "Interested"...LOL!!!
     
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    Yep...that was Specialand I am always impressed by Sis Watz's ability to get right out the heart of the matter in a piece!

    Thank You so much for sharing this Brother Qwamii:blowkiss:

    M.E.

    :hearts2:
     
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    Congratulations on being a winner Qwamii, because that you are....
    I really love this Metaohoric language of the beauty a rose has just as a woman but often grow to protect ourselves from those who do not take the care of us being so fragile
    Peace Brother
    This was a BEAUTIFUL write
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    Nice story

    I like your stories Qwamii
    They leave the mind wondering and food for thought.
    You are a good story teller and capture the reader well.
    Keep up the good works.
     
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    This was like food to da soul and a very endearing story brother
    taste darn good too thankz for sharing it . Love to read more to this one...
     
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    I clicked on this because...

    I have roses tattooed on my shoulder, chest and down the left side of my body...one in full bloom for my deceased great grandmother, another in full bloom for my deceased grandmother, one rose bud on the stem for my mother, and one for my spouse. My grandmothers roses are in full bloom because they're no longer here...so symbolically their roses have matured as they left this life. The other buds are for the two people that are still living that mean the most to me and theirs haven't bloomed because their lives are still being lived and their roses are still growing and being nurtured. I enjoyed this story thoroughly because I can relate.

    It also reminds me of my fave quote (which is also tattooed on my body)...

    "you can complain that roses have thorns, or you can rejoice that thorns have roses"
     
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