rose that grew from concrete
Fear only lurkes when I don’ t know where or what to think, I fear the most powerful one is there to be beseeched.
Fieldtr – Compare this poem also with Pete Seeger’s “God Bless the Grass:”
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
Provin nature’s laws wrong it learned how to walk without havin feet
Funny it seems but, by keepin its dreams
It, learned to breathe FRESH air
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
When no one else even cared
No one else even cared..
The rose that grew from concrete
Keepin all these dreams
Provin nature’s laws wrong
It learned how to walk without havin feet (to breathe the fresh air)
It came from concrete (to breathe the fresh air)
(to breathe the fresh air, to breathe the fresh air)
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In the poem “ The Rose That Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur, the poem represents the ways that someone can become something great coming from a place that’s not recognized as great. In this poem he uses a rose, something that’s recognized as beautiful, even with its imperfections. Roses are a symbol of beauty and love, but it’s also taken with caution because of its thorns. The rose correlates with people, and how beautiful people are and how even in our imperfections we can be loved. Being that the rose grew from concrete something hard and that has no nourishment, manmade cement, and not really appreciated, a thing that people walk all over and don’t really take care to appreciate that it’s there. The concrete represents the ghetto, or any place that’s looked at as a place that has nothing good to come out of it.
Even in Tupac’s life people always doubted him and put him off as just a thug with nothing to really offer the world. They called him a thug because of where he came from and the media felt that he was unable to be a role model for kids. But in the poem when he says “Proving nature’s laws wrong it learned to walk without having feet” this just validates the fact that even though society has guidelines for what greatness looks like and comes from, you can always prove it wrong by just simply learning to get through the hard times and getting past the hardships of where you come from. You can become everything that they said you wouldn’t, just never quit trying.
I think Tupac Shakur is trying to teach us that it doesn’t matter what people say it doesn’t matter if everyone doubts you because in the end you can be like the “rose” and prove everyone wrong and show them that you do matter in a way.
What is his tone towards his subject?
I feel that he is humble in away about it, and that he kinda feels hopeful to the rose.
Whether he is born in wealth or poverty
Did u hear about the rose that grew from a crack
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You try to plant somethin in the conrete, y’knowhatImean?
If it GROW, and the and the rose petal got all kind of
Scratches and marks, you not gon’ say, “Damn, look at
All the scratches and marks on the rose that grew from concrete”
You gon’ be like, “Damn! A rose grew from the concrete?!”
Same thing with me, y’knahmean? I grew out of all of this
Instead of sayin, “Damn, he did this, he did this,”
Just be like, “DAMN! He grew out of that? He came out of that?”
That’s what they should say, y’knowhatImean?
All the trouble to survive and make good out of the dirty, nasty
Y’knowhahatImean unbelievable lifestyle they gave me
I’m just tryin to make somethin..
When no one even cared
The rose it grew from concrete
Keepin all these dreams
Provin nature’s laws wrong
It learned how to walk without havin feet
It came from concrete
The most common mental illnesses that Farida sees in her collegiate clients include: separation anxiety, depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. If a college student lacks information about such an illness, something like separation anxiety could easily be dismissed as simply “missing home.” According to Farida, when experiencing separation anxiety, “one may become quiet, emotionally worried when he or she is not around familiar people, not eating, daydreaming, and a lack of focus. I had one patient call her mom like 20 times in a day. She needed to know where her mother was at all times.” And while many people associate PTSD with military combat, it is also prevalent in neighborhoods with high crime rates.
When I asked Farida about mental health stigmas within black communities she emphasized a lack of information. Many individuals become accustomed to having friends and family with mental illnesses and regard them as “crazy, erratic, or weird.” There is a vast acceptance of one’s mental illness as being a part of the individual’s personality. In addition, the lack of information and unwillingness to seek help leads to many people self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. Therefore, there is this misconception that the reason for someone’s behavior is a result of an addiction. According to Farida, “Many do not seek help until it becomes too much to handle.”
- Saturday, September 16, 2017
- 6:00pm-10:00pm (All ages)
- Located at Dionne’s Wall of Flowers (3508 N. 7th st.)
- $10 General Admission at the door
- $25 (or 2/$40) VIP Online Only. Includes a gift bag, a rose and a drink ticket.****
I will also be featuring the art work of Shoreigh Williams, her 17 year old mentee who is an up and coming visual artist in Phoenix. The night will feature a spoken word performance by 17 year old Amir Billings who is also one of my teen mentees. Both teens are a part of J.A.R.R. Initiative programming which brings free high quality fine art and performance art programs into communities that need it most.