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Author Name: Freestormwolf 8 Comments
Date Added: January 21, 2010 16:01:36 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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The Wisdom of the Weeds

I looked down on the ugly thorn
sprung in defiance from a threadbare weed
as I stemmed the blood which flowed
from the gash in my tender skin.
I asked
“What do you offer to this hurting world?
For you have neither beauty of form
nor sense of grace!”

It answered me
“I was sprung out of the soil
of your indifference;
I grew up in the shadow of your disapproval,
One day it rained heavily
I saw myself in the puddle at your feet
And I cursed my being and my ugliness
and so I wanted to hurt back”

I studied the weed in its defiance
I saw and heard the wisdom of the ages
So I made a vow to it and me.
“You are more prized among the wild flowers
for you have truth among your thorns
and humility among your wayward leaves

Indeed you are the Flower of the Forest
for what you have revealed to me."
And I went on my way rejoicing;
And my feet were careful where they fell
I did not mind the flowers
For they held their own truth
But the weeds……
They were precious!

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Comment By: PremiumTristan on May 10, 2010 01:49:22 PM Report
Ali:  A great poem with a wonderful story and timeless meaning.  It reminded me of the eastern philosopher Alan Watts' The Wisdom of Insecurity.  Where I come from, the wildflowers are weeds -- they are beautiful but few have thorns.  I do understand the wisdom of your story and it is powerful -- to look beyond the first impression to see truth as it is...  lest it rise up and have to bite you to get your attention (which it often has).  Great poem!!  Tristan
Comment By: Freenoah count on January 25, 2010 11:57:46 AM Report

I always felt that way concerning cannabis sativa.  Your gemininess shines through, as always.  noah

Comment By: PremiumLinda Jo on January 24, 2010 11:42:35 PM Report
I've read this poem several times and  I am finally getting to the business of leaving a comment...astounding in form and content.  it is just like a friend who insists on telling us the truth and doesn't let us get away with any foolishness...and we appreciate their straitforward approach and honesty...I admire this poem.  I really like the font that you use in your poetry but i dont see it on our site when we go to publish, right? or am I missing adds to the lovliness of the poem.  I am going to your vault very soon to do some reading...I look forward to the gems amid your treasure chest.  Linda
Comment By: FreeJoe on January 23, 2010 06:46:14 PM Report
You'd be surprised the things that spring out of the
soil of indifference.

Good to read again


Comment By: FreeAmy on January 22, 2010 08:51:51 PM Report
Indeed! as Barbara said, there is much wisdom in this poem. I loved this. I think it is one of your best in the inspirational category.
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on January 21, 2010 10:44:07 PM Report
Even weeds have their story eh...humans may have transformed to something unfavorable for their own reasons too. There is wisdom in this poem. Lovely penning Ali!



Comment By: FreeAndrew on January 21, 2010 07:51:21 PM Report
a wonderful study of the contradictions we find not only in nature, but in life - great work
Comment By: FreeTia Bayer on January 21, 2010 05:29:20 PM Report
Very impressive..


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