Recently, in my poetry club, we were reading: “The Rose that Grew from Concrete,” which comes from the lyrics of a song made by famous American rapper 2Pac. The poem goes like this:
Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it
learned to walk without having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.
We started analyzing different perspectives of what the poem meant and came up with different backstories for it. My perspective was that it was a message of vulnerability. Despite being in bad situations, we grow from the rough moments we go through. We were assigned to write a new poem based on the structure of that same poem. Mine is called: “The Girl That Learned How to Fly.”
Did you hear about the girl who learned how to fly?
Yes, despite being pushed around.
Even with the chains locked on her ankles.
Funny it seems, you thought she was weak,
but it was her vulnerability that lifted her off the ground.
She took your shove to take the a leap
to break the chains and spread her wings
and because she loved herself, she flew away.