Look Not on the Thorns

“Without thorns there would be no roses.” —Author unknown

Be not afraid of my mean features.
You have them too, you know.
Our friendship includes pain
Not unexpected,
But the pricks are small compared to all
We add to one another.
So much of the way is smooth, and delicate, and green,
And what of all the other shows of color?
The reds and yellows, pinks and vibrant whites?
Will you close your eyes upon their beauty
Simply because you despise the sting?
The fear you fear allows us to find comfort.
The loss you cast aside makes way for gain.
Our strength comes when we recognize our weakness.
And healing is known through the hurts we have to mend.
My darling, look not on the thorns,
But on the roses.

Copyright © 2017 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

25 Replies to “Look Not on the Thorns”

  1. Dear Linda,
    Your masterful poem brought my heart back to savor it again. I searched for Your title on Google and it came up right after a listing in Songs of Solomon!! When I looked at the listing I thought to myself, “This is a poem from a master of the ages, from one of the greats”!!

    The title actually sounds like something Jesus would have said to his followers! It is such a touching work that it spoke to my heart and I wrote a response poem to it. I hope You don’t mind and that You will like it! I will post it tomorrow, July 7, 2017 on WordPress – “I Shall Keep My Eyes On You”. Bellissimo, Dear Linda, Bellissimo!!
    Chuck

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Here is a romantic and moving piece by Linda Luna “Look Not On The Thorns” on Darksideofthemoon583. Please read and enjoy this poem and especially the last lines!

    This really touched my heart and resulted in a Response Poem. Please visit Linda’s blog.

    Liked by 1 person

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